The world of photography has been turned on its head over the past 10 years or so as digital cameras have come to nearly supplant cameras using film (see: Kodak declares bankruptcy). Today most cameras, from the most humble point-and-shoot to high-end professional-grade cameras use digital sensors to capture the light falling through their lenses. Film has been pushed to the edges of the field, to old-school and boutique photographers using legacy cameras and some of the few remaining film cameras still available on the market.


Then there is Dennis Manarchy's behemoth camera "Eye of America," which measures in at an almost unbelievable 35 feet long. The body is mounted on a towable trailer and is being hauled around America by Manarchy who is using it to photograph all 50 U.S. states. The camera uses 6-foot negatives and will capture thousands of times more detail than even the most expensive digital cameras. The final prints will be printed 20 feet high.


Here's a video explaining how the camera is put together:


The Camera from Distortion Design on Vimeo.


Click over to Manarchy's website, Vanishing Cultures, to learn more about his audacious plan.





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Vanishing Cultures: Using a 35-foot-long camera with six foot high negatives to photograph America
Vanishing Cultures is a project that will use a massive camera to photograph all 50 U.S. states, resulting in prints that will be more than 20 feet high.