“35-ft long and capable of shooting 6-ft long negatives and 24-ft high portraits, the world’s largest film camera is a project led by photographer Dennis Manarchy. With the help of over 30 people, the construction of the incredible machine pays tribute to nearly 200 years of photography and is the beginning of a national artistic documentary project titled Butterflies & Buffalo: Tales of American Culture.” via Juxtapoz Magazine
“Unknown legacies lie among us. Rich cultural heritage and folklore quietly resonate within our landscapes. The United States is the most ethnically diverse nation in the world, yet we have struggled to find commonality in our differences, and in our rapid daily quest to achieve the ‘American Dream’, we have lost touch with our roots. Now is a pivotal time.
Symbolic of our fragile surviving cultures and the enduring strength of the American spirit, Butterflies & Buffalo will forever preserve our nation’s dynamic cultural history through the largest film camera in the world and a 20,000-mile nationwide documentary journey. The magnificence of over 50 cultures will be captured and shared with the public to commemorate extraordinary people from all walks of life. Join us on this amazing journey.” – butterfliesandbuffalo.com
The building of the camera:
The photography project documentation:
Check all the photographs here.