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Searching for a way to enlarge some 8″x10″ prints without going digital, photographer (and close friend) Darren Samuelson decided to forego using an enlarger and instead built a gigantic ultra-large format camera capable of taking pictures on 14″x36″ X-Ray film. Taking over six months to complete, when fully extended the enormous hand-made bellows camera is close to six feet long. In this short by videographer Matthew Sultan, Samuelson talks about his process while on a photo shoot at Lands End in San Francisco.

Next week Samuelson will be embarking on a road trip, taking his camera along a route from New Orleans to New York, stopping off at points between. You can follow his progress on his blog and view images taken with the camera here.

Adam Flaherty

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=820893538 Adric Menning

    Very interesting,  ive been going up and up in scale too.   my latest camera, i used a old bellows camera lens.shutter i got off ebay, built it into a huge Ammunition Box, and started taking photos/solargraphs on blueprint paper.

    Camera,
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/killbox/5688374374
    one of my early prints. (scanned flipped and made Black and white, instead of Blue and White)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/killbox/5728312289/sizes/l/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=820893538 Adric Menning

    Very interesting,  ive been going up and up in scale too.   my latest camera, i used a old bellows camera lens.shutter i got off ebay, built it into a huge Ammunition Box, and started taking photos/solargraphs on blueprint paper.

    Camera,
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/killbox/5688374374
    one of my early prints. (scanned flipped and made Black and white, instead of Blue and White)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/killbox/5728312289/sizes/l/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=820893538 Adric Menning

    Very interesting,  ive been going up and up in scale too.   my latest camera, i used a old bellows camera lens.shutter i got off ebay, built it into a huge Ammunition Box, and started taking photos/solargraphs on blueprint paper.

    Camera,
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/killbox/5688374374
    one of my early prints. (scanned flipped and made Black and white, instead of Blue and White)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/killbox/5728312289/sizes/l/

  • Joseph molina

     are there any instructions on how to build one of these? 

    • http://twitter.com/adfm Adam Flaherty

      Check out Darren’s site. Most of the build is there and he includes some PDFs.

  • Joseph molina

     are there any instructions on how to build one of these? 

  • Joseph molina

     are there any instructions on how to build one of these? 

  • Joseph molina

     are there any instructions on how to build one of these? 

  • http://jakespurlock.com Jake Spurlock

     This is so rad. I want a pocket version. ;)

  • http://jakespurlock.com Jake Spurlock

     This is so rad. I want a pocket version. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Louie-Gonzales/606157817 Louie Gonzales

    Amazing. I am sooooo proud of you!!You decided you wanted to do it, and you did!!!!!

  • Shannon Hogan

    I’m sure the prints are beautiful, you must want to just crawl inside of them.  What size lens is that? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MHTOWYTCU3N2RCESROLO32TYDM Yue

     that’s awesome!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MHTOWYTCU3N2RCESROLO32TYDM Yue

    That’s awesome!!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.agnew Jonathan Agnew

     Wow! That guy is dedicated. I am very impressed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colin-Graham/100001496256281 Colin Graham

    Now, that’s a camera. Makes that fifth of Jim Beam look like it came from the minibar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colin-Graham/100001496256281 Colin Graham

    Now, that’s a camera. Makes that fifth of Jim Beam look like it came from the minibar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colin-Graham/100001496256281 Colin Graham

    Now, that’s a camera. Makes that fifth of Jim Beam look like it came from the minibar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/singleelderly Singlee L Derly

    Hello Adam Flaherty, may I translate your article to LomographyAsia magazine in Chinese? It’s a really interesting idea to all analogue photography lovers! : D

    • http://twitter.com/adfm Adam Flaherty

      You may, with attribution.

  • http://www.facebook.com/singleelderly Singlee L Derly

    Hello Adam Flaherty, may I translate your article to LomographyAsia magazine in Chinese? It’s a really interesting idea to all analogue photography lovers! : D

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    Awesome Cam!

  • designbyemh

    Awesome Cam!

  • Anonymous

    Some times making the tool is more fun than using it. Congrats and enjoy

  • Anonymous

    Some times making the tool is more fun than using it. Congrats and enjoy

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