Camera Obscura: In Santa Monica

The Santa Monica “camera” is a 113-year-old optic device built in 1899 by Robert F. Jones.  “Camera Obsura” means darken chamber. It is a darken room in which the device allows a 360 degree view of the outside surroundings.  Sort of like a pinhole camera, a hole in the roof allows light from outside pass through the hole striking a white board where the image is shown in color but upside down. The camera obscura was known to earlier scholars since the time of Aristole.

Photography by Paula Lauren Gibson/AfroPix

Camera Obscura
Senior Recreation Center
1450 Ocean Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90407
(310) 458-8644

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 2 pm, Sat 11 am – 4 pm

Admission free, but requires a driver’s license for entry.


About Afropix

When my father gave me a Kodak Brownie as a child, I fell in love with photography. I have been shooting pictures ever since. I am also an avid genealogist and can trace one of my family lines back to 1620! Check out my photography at!
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