Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 13 May 2013

Nothing Obscure about Santa Monica’s Camera Obscura

Photograph of the Camera Obscura in Santa Monica, CA

Ancient Camera Interests Private Los Angeles Tour Guests

Dating back to 1898, the Camera Obscura in Santa Monica allows guests to enjoy the same visual examination of the area that earlier beachgoers did.  Perhaps the earliest of optical inventions, this type of device was employed by renaissance painters (Leonardo da Vinci) as well as philosophers (Aristotle), astronomers (Johannes Kepler) and scientists (Roger Bacon).  The idea of the pinhole camera preceded lens technology and permitted projection of inverted images onto a surface so that solar eclipses could be safely watched or individuals observed without their knowledge.  The Santa Monica Camera Obscura was moved from its original beach location to the Senior Center atop the palisades overlooking Santa Monica Bay in 1955 where it can be found today.

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