CLOSED | Call for Entry: Online Group Exhibition - "Camera Obscura” July 2019


We are excited to announce that our July online group exhibition, “Camera Obscura”, is sponsored by RealitySoSubtle! With their support, we will be giving away a RealitySoSubtle 6x6F Pinhole Camera to the winner of this online exhibition! To enter, all you need to do is read and respond to the following prompt with your analog photography:

For this exhibition, we are looking to explore the amazing results photographers achieve with pinhole cameras and long exposures. The simple technology behind this creative tool makes it one of the most democratic tools in photography. Everyone can participate and create fantastic results because there is no need for expensive gear when all you need is a box, tape, and some light sensitive material. The cameras themselves come in all types of formats, sizes, color, and in the endless variety of models on the market, they all share common ground that makes the realm of pinhole photography a common playing ground for everyone.

Furthermore, in times as complex and confusing as today, it is important to take a step back, close your eyes, breath out, and enjoy the brief state of silence to clear the mind that is offered via this unique artistic medium. The pinhole camera thus becomes a means of meditation that allows us to close our eyes to form an image in our head that our eyes cannot see, and breathe out while our long exposure captures the world around us. From this state of clarity, we create the empty space required to gain new perspectives, sights, and insights. It is the definition of meditation.

We invite you to submit two analog created images using a pinhole camera or a long exposure that captures the world going by us as we sit in silence and await our exposures to be completed. The photographs submitted can range from breathtaking landscapes and solargraphy to abstract portraits and urban environments. The only limiting factor to this group exhibition is the camera type used. It must be pinhole related.

The best of these images will be showcased in an online show curated by fine art photographer Nils Karlson. Karlson’s work has been exhibited internationally, both in numerous solo and group exhibitions all over Europe and the US. His photography has been published online and in print with outlets such as Lomography Magazinef/D, and Emulsive. This online exhibition will go live on our website on July 15th, 2019! Please follow the directions below to complete your submission. Good luck!  

The deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2019.

The Prize - A Reality So Subtle 6x6F Camera


One lucky winner will be chosen by Nils Karlson from the photographers selected for this group exhibition to receive a RealitySoSubtle 6x6F Pinhole Camera courtesy of RealitySoSubtle!

The RealitySoSubtle 6x6F Pinhole Camera is a compact 6x6 pinhole camera with a huge amount of custom features! It’s equipped with a focal length of 24mm and a 52mm filter ring for attaching filters, and a laser drilled pinhole with an equivalent aperture of f/160. It sports a magnetic shutter that allows you to “snap” from open to closed and a 1/4-20 tripod mount to allow you to steadily capture long exposures to your hearts content. If that wasn’t enough, film can be wound in both directions for double exposures!

Other features include:

  • Very compact pocket design with rounded edges.

  • CNC machined body from High Impact Polystyrene (H.I.P).

  • 56.2 x56.2mm square image area  – 12 shots per roll on 120 film.

  • Angle of view: 99 degrees horizontal, 99 degrees vertical.

  • Accurate CNC engraved aiming lines on top and both sides for accurate framing.

  • Brass winding shafts turning in precision bearings.

  • Top-loader with top panel fixed with captive screws.

  • Sliding cover for red-window (winding on peep hole)  – required for very long exposures when using ND filters.

Make sure you visit the RealitySoSubtle website to learn all about their RealitySoSubtle 6x6F Pinhole Camera!

Submission Guidelines: 

Image Specifications:
1) Only .jpg files will be accepted.
2) Images must be 1500px on the shortest side at 72dpi.
3) No photo-shopped borders or watermarks. 
4) Only two images may be submitted.
5) Images must be named in the following format: “FirstNameLastName1”

Email Specifications:
1) The subject line of your email should state: "Submission: Camera Obscura ”
2) Please ATTACH your images to the email. Do not embed them. Do not attach a google drive or dropbox link. 
3) Please do not send PDF or Text Files. Please put all information into the body of the email.

Specific information needed for each Submission:
1) Your name as you would like it to appear.
2) The Camera and Process used to create your images.
3) Titles for each of your photograph(s). Write out each title exactly as you would like it to appear.
4) Email Address in the text of the email.
5) The Website Address you would like your images linked to.

Send your submission to by June 30th, 2019!

Note: Do to the large amount of submissions we receive you may not receive a response. Though we try our best to respond to everyone, we do not guarantee a response. Thank you for understanding.

Copyright Information:

By submitting photos for publication in Analog Forever Magazine you are stipulating to us that you own copyright to these photographs or have permission from the copyright holder to submit these photographs. You are granting Analog Forever Magazine a non-exclusive license to use the photograph in its submitted form, subject to re-sizing to fit the magazine format, for publication on the Analog Forever Magazine website for as long as the website exists. You also grant Analog Forever Magazine permission to use these photographs on social media accounts connected to Analog Forever Magazine including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Should you, for any reason, wish your photographs to be removed from the website, we will make every effort to do so. However, please note also that third parties such as educational institutions, search engines or individuals may download, save, store or archive this (or any other) website with or without our knowledge. Analog Forever Magazine will have no control over such downloading and subsequent use and therefore cannot accept responsibility for any such use.

About the Curator

Nils Karlson is a fine art photographer living in Bochum, Germany. His practice is based on the experience of time in the realm of photography.

Since 2015, his works have been exhibited internationally, both in numerous solo and group exhibitions all over Europe and the US. Furthermore, his photos have been published in print and online, along with articles and interviews with Lomography Magazinef/D, and Emulsive. In 2016, he published his first book, followed by a magazine in 2017.

Based on a background as a foley editor and musician, Nils Karlson explores the fragile spans of silence between sounds, the moments between the actions. Using a camera, he combines the aim to create the most quiet photography possible with a passion for colour and light.

His pinhole based series '9-5 Meat Grinder' was part of 'The Art Of Pinhole Photography' exhibition in Heidelberg (Germany) and was shortlisted for the Espy Photo Awards 2019. The series will be on display at Elysium Gallery (Swansea, UK).

As Nils Karlson deeply enjoys an international dialogue and the inspiration of various disciplines of arts, he participated in the artist in residency programs of RevelaT Festival (Spain) and Listhus artist residency in Iceland.

Currently, he is working on two long term series combining the principles of the camera obscura with standard film cameras, and the peace he finds in nature with a new found interest in connecting with humans outside of society's standards.

For further information and a deeper insight of his works, connect with Nils Karlson on his Website and Instagram!