A fascinating project of mind-blowing proportions will surely delight every photographer out there. A Chicago-based photographer drew inspiration from his decade-long dream and spearheaded a project that built the world's largest film camera. Something great is in store for this massive masterpiece, so read on to find out more!
It all started when Chicago-based photographer Dennis Manarchy, after years of successful commercial photography work, decided to document the American culture for his next project. As with anyone with an artistic spirit and a creative mind, he wanted to do it in the most incredible way he could think of.
And boy, it was every bit incredible.
Wanting to get large, crisply detailed photographs for this project, Manarchy realized that the only way for him to do the job is to build himself a huge camera, one that allowed him to produce prints that were two stories tall. After getting the results that he wanted, he took it a notch higher by combining two of his passions: motor vehicles and cameras. With it, the Butterflies & Buffalo project was born, its centerpiece being the 35-foot film camera designed by Manarchy himself.
For 8 weeks, over 30 people from three Midwestern states collaborated and toiled on Manarchy’s giant bellowed camera. At 35 feet long, 12 feet tall, and 8 feet wide, this mammoth masterpiece is the largest working film camera in the world, and is also Manarchy’s tribute to the 200th anniversary of photography itself.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the beautiful camera:
Building the camera was just phase one of Manarchy’s incredible plans for the Butterflies & Buffalo project. The next step is for his team to secure funding through an Indiegogo campaign, then embark on a 20,000-mile journey across the United States to document the cultures of all 50 states.
Now, watch the clip below to find out more about Dennis Manarchy’s motivations and inspirations for the project:
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