James Nizam

In his series Anteroom, James Nizam has turned the interiors of abandoned, soon-to-be-demolished homes into room-sized camerae obscurae. He achieves this by fitting a makeshift lens to a hole he made in a wall, or attached to a hole in garbage bags covering a window. He then photographs the results with a 35mm camera, creating chaotic-looking images that presage not only the photographed structures’ imminent destruction but also the tenuous future of analogue photography itself. Nizam’s work in this series suggests reasons for the pinhole camera’s increasing popularity: it’s a format that looks to the past as a way to consider the state of the medium today.