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Article - Open Access

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Journal of Chemical Education


American Chemical Society

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Abstract/ Summary

This interdisciplinary activity combines chemistry and art through the construction and use of a pinhole camera. We focused on the chemistry of the black and white photographic process as the science component of this activity. The reactions involved are good examples of photochemistry and multiphase chemical reactions, since the light sensitive materials (silver halides) are in the form of a gelatin emulsion of microscopic crystals.

Publisher Statement

Reprinted with permission from Photochemistry and Pinhole Photography: An Interdisciplinary Experiment Angeliki A. Rigos and Kevin Salemme Journal of Chemical Education 1999 76 (6), 736A. Copyright 1999 American Chemical Society.