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World's Largest Camera Is On Wheels

Juxtapoz // Sunday, 29 Nov 2009

“It's not often that a photographer can literally stand inside of his camera,” reports Claire O'Neill for NPR. “But Shaun Irving, who has transformed a truck into a giant, mobile camera obscura, does it all the time. And he says it's the largest, mobile camera in the world.

“Like many a great idea, the Cameratruck was conceived over beers -- in Irving's college dorm room. Three years later, he bought a truck on eBay and put the idea to the test.

“It's a simple construction: There's a small hole with a lens on one side of the truck's lightproof interior. This lens projects an upside-down and backward image on the opposite wall.

“On that wall, Irving hangs 4-by-8-foot sheets of photo paper, which, when exposed to 5-30 second exposures, serve as giant negatives. He then takes his jumbo negatives to a darkroom, or just a room that's dark, and processes them. The whole process, he says, takes anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours.”

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Irving's Cameratruck is a simple device, with a hole and lens on one side, which projects the image on the opposite wall.






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