Eric Renner is one of the world’s foremost pinhole photographers. In 1964, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in three-dimensional design from the University of Cincinnati. An M.F.A. followed in 1968, from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. From 1968 to 1971, Renner taught design at the State University of New York at Alfred, New York.
He became interested in photography through his association with John Wood, who also taught at the university. Renner began to build pinhole cameras to take a whole environment into view. His cameras are made from simple materials. They range in size, and have between one and 400 pinholes. The resulting images are unexpected. In 1984, Renner founded the Pinhole Resource, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing information about pinhole photography. He continues to be its codirector. Renner is also founder and coeditor of The Pinhole Journal, published three times a year. He lectures and gives workshops internationally.