Photographer Dennis Manarchy is setting out to document America's vanishing cultures with a camera based on vanishing technology: the pinhole camera, in which light is captured on a piece of negative paper.
In Manarchy's case, though, that negative is six feet tall, and housed in a giant camera that is 12 feet tall, 35 feet long and 8 feet wide - or large enough to sit live inside, if one is so inclined. Dubbed the "Eye of America", Manarchy's camera is still in the development stage, and he is raising the funds through the crowdsourcing platform of Kickstarter.
With the assistance of project director Chad Tepley, however, he has managed to build a prototype and begin his project of creating incredibly large film photographs representing some of America's diverse peoples.
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In an era of billboard advertising and Photoshop, giant images are nothing new, but Manarchy wants to produce rich images of incredible detail at a massive scale - with up to 1,000 times greater detail than the average digital photograph.
While a regular-sized negative can be blown up to a large size, the difference between the end product of that process and Manarchy's large prints is "like the difference between a paper airplane and a rocket ship and it brings the whole thing to another level."
The other awesome thing about Manarchy's camera? It actually looks like a vintage accordion-style camera box, circa late 19th century - except, of course, for the part where it's the size of a small apartment.
Here is the video that Manarchy and Tepley have made to pitch their project:
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