Artists Set Up Walk-In Camera Obscura in Popular New York City Park


In an effort to educate the general public on the age-old art of the camera obscura, New York artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder have set up a 10-foot by 10-foot walk-in version in the city’s Madison Square Park.

Surrounded by the Flatiron District, the installation offers an inverted look at the neighborhood, as well as the opportunity to learn a little bit about photography’s roots.


The artists have dubbed the camera the “Topsy-Turvy: A Camera Obscura Installation,” because it gives interested park-goers “a topsy-turvy panoramic abstraction of Madison Square Park and the surrounding scenery around the Flatiron District.” And just in time for Spring.


The large camera obscura will stay intact in Madison Square Park until April 5th, so if you happen to be in the area, you’re welcome to visit the installation between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on nice days.

To find out more about the camera and the artists behind its construction, be sure to check out the Madison Square Park website.

(via Imaging Resource)

  • Gray

    One of these is setup behind the NC Museum of art in woods, and offers an amazing view of the trees in fall (complete with blue skies and orange leaves). Long exposure shots in these enclosures can offer a wealth of colors

  • Julian Trœps

    In San Francisco is a similar building. The Giant Camera at the Cliff House.

  • Paul Langmead

    A picture taken INSIDE the camera would have been more interesting than 3 of a white cylinder with people standing in front of it…

  • Ruth A

    Is the Camera Obscura open today? It is going to be very warm and the sun is shining brightly!!!???

  • Ruth A

    It was closed yesterday and there is no update on the web site.