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World’s Largest Photograph Taken With 2000 Year-Old Method

By Michelle Bird on May 15th 2014

Worlds-Largest-PhotographThat’s a great picture!

I mean literally, the world’s largest seamless photograph in now on display. “The Great Picture” as the photographers are naming it, shows an abandoned Marine Corps Air Station located in Southern California.

The image that measures a record breaking 3,375 square foot size – 31ft high and 107ft wide as created by six artists: Jerry Burchfield, Mark Chamberlain, Jacques Garnier, Rob Johnson, Douglas McCulloh, and Clayton Spada, and hundreds of volunteers.
So, how do you exactly create the world’s largest image? Well, by using the world’s largest camera of course, and applying a method that has been around for 2000 years.

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The artists– who broke the Guinness World Record– applied the camera-obscura technique by using an abandoned fighter jet hanger as a giant pinhole camera, by sealing the entire interior from outside light. The pinhole measured about a quarter-inch and was located between the hangar’s metal doors.
The final image revealed control towers and runways from the former Marine Corps Air Station in Irvine, CA. The photograph originally created in 2006, is now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Virginia, USA until November.

Artist Douglas McCulloh said: “The Great Picture as a photograph is distinct from almost every photograph in the world. It remains linked to, and an integral part of, both the camera and the place by containing the information of the place within it. It also contains the process. You can’t look at it and not ask – what was the camera?”

[via] DailyMail

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Michelle Bird is a Southern California based freelance photographer and writer, with a strong focus on music, editorial and portrait photography. She is the founder and creative force behind the music+culture online blog Black Vinyl Magazine, and can often be found in the photo-pit shooting the latest concerts in town. She has a strong passion for art, exploring, vintage finds and most of all animals. Connect with her through Email,
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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for posting

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  3. PRJ

    That is the part I was waiting for, the film, process, etc.. Guess that maybe giving too much away as why tell someone else what they had to figure out.

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  4. wjp

    Maybe I’m a little daft here and I hope you all will forgive me if I am, but isn’t the camera only part of the process? What did they use for film? How did they develop it? Which lightroom presets did they use? Ok. That last one was a joke, but you get the idea. Building a giant pinhole camera out of an abandoned airplane hangar is super cool, but I feel like an awful lot was left out of this article. Anyone wanna school me on this? I’d really appreciate it.

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    • Michelle Bird

      Those are really great questions WJP, unfortunately I was only able to report on the information provided at the time. If you do find answers to your questions, feel free to post them on here! :)

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