Chris Pinchbeck combines his love for the landscape with his skills as a photographer. His images garner the viewer’s appreciation and awe for the beautiful place we live. Beyond this initial reaction he hopes to instigate a more complex and individually driven proactive response. He writes, “We need more sharing, fostering, selfless initiative and stewardship if we hope to preserve this tremendous fragile gift.”
Pinchbeck worked with a unique pinhole camera format unlike any other camera. He converted a two-wheel, enclosed utility trailer into a “camera obscura”. While the smallness of the lensless opening offers infinite sharpness, it also creates the need for very long exposure times, typically one to six hours, thereby recording movement in nature proving incapable by modern cameras. The light is received by a direct positive, color, photographic paper measuring upwards of eight feet wide by nearly three feet tall. Each original image is one of a kind as there is no negative material involved in his process. It is the world’s largest direct positive, pinhole imagery in existence and holds a place in photographic history as the chemicals and papers are no longer made or available.
Pinchbeck received a B.A. in commercial photography from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California where his primary focus was commercial, nature and audio-visual. He also received a B.S. in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire, Durham.
Working both as a commercial and fine art photographer, he has exhibited widely in New England including the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Boston University and sits within the Farnsworth Art Museum’s permanent collection. His images have been published in numerous publications internationally and his commercial clients include Central Maine Power, Ford Motor Company, Merrill Merchants Bank, Jackson Laboratories, MBNA America, FMC Corporation, Northeast Health, Hurricane Island Outward Bound, LL Bean, Cedarworks, Camden National Bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, OSG, inc., and Moss, Inc.
Pinchbeck teaches photography with the Academy of Art University, San Francisco has taught at Maine Media College and has led several photography workshops including with Canadian Mountain Holidays in British Columbia. He has also worked commercially as Media Director for Moss, Inc. and with Post Office Editorial, helping to produce the Emmy award winning, Anyplace Wild television series. His work is represented by Natural Selection, PanStock, Aurora Photos and the Dowling Walsh Gallery.
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