"Who would believe that so small a space could contain the image of

all the universe? O mighty process! What talent can avail to

penetrate a nature such as these? What tongue will it be that can

unfold so great a wonder? Verily, none! This it is that guides the

human discourse to the considering of divine things. Here the

figures, here the colors, here all the images of every part of the

universe are contracted to a point. O what a point is so marvelous!"


--Leonardo Da Vinci's comments on the "Camera Obscura" (Dark Room),

or what we today call the pinhole camera.


from The Amateur Photographer's Handbook

by Aaron Sussman

Thomas Y. Crowell Company: 1962