Thursday, March 1, 2012

Photographer_Dennis Manarchy

Dennis Manarchy, a Chicago photographer who reached iconic status in the 1980's is on a mission to build the "Mother of All Cameras", a 35 foot film camera mounted on a flatbed trailer to photograph images of "Vanishing Cultures" project. This project will feature Holocaust Survivors, members of small Native American Tribes, and the survivors of the Tuskegee Airmen to name just a few. More story HERE @Workbook. Dennis Manarchy web site HERE. See more or contribute HERE.

What's it like shooting with a 35-foot camera?

"Two days of preparation results in 1/1000th of a second flash exposure and I have only one chance to get it right. I literally focus half-way down an eyelash. If the subject moves, it's out of focus...if they blink, it's a disaster...and if their expression is off the portrait suffers. I must say that the length of time it takes with the subject creates a special bond that I would never want to lose...and that moment is captured in every one of these portraits."

--Dennis Manarchy

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