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Photographer John Chiara Uses 18th Century Technology To Get It All In
When Bay Area photographer John Chiara takes an image the process is part and parcel of the shot. What a process it is- Chiara has taken interest in creating his own cameras- the low-tech but oversized cameras function like the old daguerreotype box cameras. A positive, not a negative, is made and the unique prints come directly out of the monster machine. Requiring processing in drums the size of cement mixers the camera itself rides on a flat bed trailer to each shoot.
The time to make each image is extended but the quality of the prints unmatched. Though a bit bulky, sometimes the roots of a process do yield the best results.
For more on the artist, his process, and related exhibitions please visit the San Francisco Chronicle.
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