Time: March 15, 2011 to March 29, 2011
Location: RMA Institute
Street: 238 Soi Sainamthip 2, Sukhumvit 22 Road, Klongtoey 10110
Website or Map: http://rmainstitute.net
Event Type: photography, exhibition, art
Organized By: RMA Institute
Latest Activity: Mar 16, 2011
Part of 'Le Fete' 2011
Landry DUNAND is a young french artist based in Bangkok. As he prepares for a journey from Kabul to France (departing in 2011), Landry has been documenting his time in Kabul focusing on intimate portraits with his Afghan pinhole camera.
While most images coming out of Afghanistan focus on the conflict, Landry wanted to give a glimpse of the people who live and work in the city - to show how life continues through the strained backdrop of war.
A Pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture — effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box, on paper negatives. It used to be the camera of street photographers to take passport-sized photos for Afghans who were filing official papers with the government.
In a country where electricity was once scarce, the pinhole camera guaranteed an image in a few minutes time, with no need for "city power" or a generator. In 2006, when Landry first arrived in Kabul, there were dozens of pinhole camera photographers on the streets of Kabul. By the time he returned for a two-month trip in 2010 – shortly after Kabul got reliable electricity – there were almost none left.