There is nothing like Dennis Manarchy’s “Eye of America” film camera. This 35-foot custom-built film camera is the largest film camera in the world, and it produces a gigantic 6-foot by 4.5-foot film negative capable of producing 2-story prints with unprecedented resolution. Each negative resolves 1,000x more detail than the highest-end production cameras.
The Vanishing Cultures: An American Portrait
However, this super-camera is not for showing off. Manarchy, whose work is part of a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, will be using this camera for the most ambitious project of his life, “The Vanishing Cultures: An American Portrait.” Once he and his team completes the traveling version of this camera, Manarchy will travel over 20,000 miles around the United States to record over 50 American cultures. At the end of the journey, Manarchy plans to hold big exhibitions in different parts of the country.
Created over the past 12 years by visionary Chicago-based photographer Dennis Manarchy, The Vanishing Cultures: An American Portrait will artistically document and commemorate over 50 of our nation’s vanishing cultures through a 20,000-mile nationwide journey with the largest film camera in the world. The project will celebrate the vanishing art of film photography as we approach the 200th anniversary of the invention of the camera, and it will bring attention to the social, cultural, and physical environments of our nation’s diverse people. The resulting nomadic exhibitions will provide a cultural immersion and learning experience unlike any other, and the video documentaries will forever capture and commemorate the unique faces, stories, and regalia of our nation’s most fascinating people.
Below are some of the sample images of test subjects taken with the prototype.
To learn more about this highly ambitious project and see more images taken with the prototype of this camera, please visit TheVanishingCultures.com
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