Visions in the Dark – Book



Camera Obscura views of New York City digitally captured by Charles Schwartz & Bill Westheimer

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Camera Obscura work by Charles Schwartz & Bill Westheimer

These pictures reveal the city through the unique viewpoint of the camera obscura and record the images digitally.  The camera Obscura’s location is fixed, yet it provides an ever changing view of the city’s architecture and landscape. The images use a pre-photographic technology combined with post-photographic digital capture to create a timeless view of New York. The landscape format paper bound book is 8.375″ h x 10.25″ w x 0.2″ It includes 20 images selected from the voluminous body of work. An essay by Gail Buckland discusses Schwartz & Westheimer’s work in the context of the history of art. The book design is by Beverly Joel of pulp, The images can be seen at

Bill Westheimer has been a photographer since the mid 1960’s.  His work has been shown in galleries around the country and is included in numerous private collections. Charles Schwartz was involved with photography and the photographic community for over thirty years, as a photographer, a collector, and as a dealer.   Together they explored the city of New York on the upper east side of Manhattan using a Camera Obscura and images were captured with a digital camera.

Currently in the collections of:
Yale University Beinecke Library
Cincinnati Public Library
VISIONS IN THE DARK – Camera Obscura
Unsigned – 2005
Photography by Charles Schwartz and Bill Westheimer
Text by Gail Buckland and Jennie Hirschfeld
Design by Beverly Joel – Pulp, Inc.
10 1/4″ x 8 3/8″ x 3/16″
17 Pages
20 Color Plates
Open Edition
Printing by The Hennegan Company, Cincinnati, OH
Gloss Paper
6 Color Offset Lithography
Softbound, Horizontal Staple Binding

Additional information

Weight 7 oz
Dimensions 10.25 × 8.375 × .125 in