35-foot long film camera takes photos that are two stories tall

Dennis Manarchy is not a giant and doesn't have huge hands. His 35-foot long camera called "Eye of America" is a film camera for his "Vanishing Cultures" project that'll showcase snapshots of time on a trek across America's 50 states.

The camera alone is so large "it barely fits into a truck" and can capture photos in "epic detail" that will be a thousand times sharper than even the sharpest digital photos.

Why Manarchy? Well, only the fact that he's been voted the world's best photographer — twice. Yeah, he knows what he's doing.

Negatives from the camera are ginormous as well. Measuring six by four and a half feet in size, the negatives have to be inspected using windows outfitted with LED lights just to see them. Final prints will be two stories in height.

"Vanishing Cultures" is an ambitious project with a camera that would make your great grandparents proud. It's film — through and through — and crafted exactly like the olden day cams: with brass, wood and leather. There is no miniature camera inside.

This is the real deal — a giant camera. One of the reasons Manarchy is making the cam so large is to let people see what real photography is all about — from the way the light hits a prism and becomes exposed, to the developing process. It's photography as a journey.

Camera buffs are probably wondering how much something like this would cost and the answer is probably "if you have to ask, you can't afford it."

Vanishing Cultures, PetaPixel

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