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Art in Pop Culture: the Fisheye Lens

Invented in 1906 by Robert W. Wood, and now used amongst the skater community for videos of kickflips, the fisheye lens is a staple of artistic photography, especially in the music industry, and has been since its popularization in the 60s. Today we’re going to look at this phenomena.


Robert W. Wood made his lens using a bucket of water, a glass plate, and a pinhole camera; after a couple of decades of tinkering, his experimentation had led to others creating the first commercial version of this – the fisheye lens. For a long while, this lens was only utilized for scientific purposes to do with the sky –