PetaPixel

World’s Largest Camera Back in 1900

The record for world’s largest camera is currently held by an aircraft hangar camera, but back in 1900, a photographer by the name of George R. Lawrence built the massive camera seen above. He was commissioned by the Chicago & Alton Railway to shoot the world’s largest photo of one of its trains — a photo measuring 8 feet by 4.5 feet. The camera weighed 900 pounds, required 15 men to move and operate, and cost a whopping $5,000 — enough money back then to buy a large house.

The Mammoth Camera of George R. Lawrence [Simon Baker]


 
Get the hottest photo stories delivered to your inbox.
Get a daily digest of the latest headlines:
  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    How many megapixels? ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    How many megapixels? ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    How many megapixels? ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    How many megapixels? ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    How many megapixels? ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I’m certainly that there is no such amount of megapixels would match for that giant camera.

  • Anonymous

    I’m certainly that there is no such amount of megapixels would match for that giant camera.

  • Anonymous

    I’m certainly that there is no such amount of megapixels would match for that giant camera.

  • Anonymous

    I’m certainly that there is no such amount of megapixels would match for that giant camera.

  • SolarGeek

    Back then it would have been a Paper Negative or a Paper Positive, and Wet at that.

  • SolarGeek

    Back then it would have been a Paper Negative or a Paper Positive, and Wet at that.

  • SolarGeek

    Back then it would have been a Paper Negative or a Paper Positive, and Wet at that.

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    pshhhh, a googlemegagigledodecahedronicalpixle

  • Anonymous

    But, are there any surviving pictures of the train?

  • Anonymous

    But, are there any surviving pictures of the train?