John Chiara and His Amazing Trailer-Sized Camera

John Chiara is a San Francisco-based photographer that uses an uber-large format camera the size of a trailer that he constructed himself. The camera is so dang big that setting up the thing requires a car jack and lots of yanking. After setting up the film inside the camera, Chiara climbs out of the camera through a long black garbage-bag style tube. To develop the prints, he uses an 18-inch diameter sewage pipe that he pours chemicals into and rolls around on the ground.

Here’s what a resulting print looks like:

This 7-minute-long video provides a great glimpse into Chiara’s work and how he goes about using this giant-sized camera:

To see the photographs that result, you can check out Chiara’s work over on his website.

  • Punkt Plakt

    I know a brazilian photographer do such a thing with a trailler camera since 2004, so it’s no big news, really.

    Here’s a picture of his trailler:

  • Dan

    Love it. Fantastic John, really wonderful!

  • Jigsaw1695