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A 35-Foot-Long Camera That Exposes 6-Foot-Tall Negatives


For his project Vanishing Cultures, photographer Dennis Manarchy is traveling around the country documenting various cultures with a one-of-a-kind, 35-foot-long camera called “Eye of America”. Styled like an old fashioned large format camera, it’s so large that a person can work comfortably inside it. The negatives measure 6×4.5 feet, and are so large that windows must be used as lightboxes to examine them. The detail in a portrait subjects’ eyeball alone is a thousand times greater than what you get with the average negative. Resulting portraits will be featured on prints 2 stories tall.

Here’s an introduction to the camera:

…and an introduction to the project:

Vanishing Cultures (via Film’s Not Dead via ISO 1200)

Update: Manarchy is currently raising funds for the project via Kickstarter.