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Giant 35-foot camera built to capture vanishing cultures

Photographer builds camera to capture disappearing U.S. cultures. The cam will produce negatives that measure 6 feet tall and capture "visual detail at an unprecedented level."

Eye of America camera
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And you thought your SLR was a hassle to travel with.

As part of a project documenting vanishing U.S. cultures, photographer Dennis Manarchy intends to build a giant film camera--35 feet long--and haul it on a 20,000-mile trip around the country to capture the faces and history of disappearing groups.

The Eye of America camera is just in the prototype stage right now, but the final version will be built to look like a classic folding bellows camera and will produce negatives that measure 6 feet tall and capture "visual detail at an unprecedented level." A Kickstarter goal is scheduled to go live on February 1 to get the real one made.

Another advantage for its size is that it allows Manarchy to use it as a learning exhibit about how film cameras work, letting people actually get inside the camera.

Manarchy plans to shoot photos of Eskimos, Native Americans, cowboys, Appalachians, Cajuns, recipients of World War II medals of honor, and more.

The Camera from Distortion Design on Vimeo.

(Via PetaPixel)