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Neal Shields
5-Dec-2001, 17:46
About 20 years ago, I saw a Polaroid print in a museum of (I think) a famous pai nting titled The Assertion. The Polaroid print was about 4?X6? and was not seam ed together. They had the camera that had taken it on display. It was essentia lly a aluminum frame about4?X4?X6? with dark cloth draped over it. At the time it didn?t occur to me to ask where they got a lens with a 4? focal length and an 8? field of coverage. Does anybody else remember this picture and camera? I t hink that I saw it at the museum at Berkeley.

Jorge Gasteazoro
5-Dec-2001, 20:44
Neil it was probably a pinhole camera, I saw an article about a guy here in Mexico who made a paper negative 7'x4' with a pinhole camera....or camera obscura as they call them here.

tim atherton
5-Dec-2001, 21:55
Aren't we talking about the same thing Joe McNally just used to take pix of workers at Ground Zero in NY for Life? around about 8'x4' film and lens from a U2 spy plane? Wasn't this thread just on here?

There was an article on the NYTimes site, but now you might have to pay for it... below had a link


tim atherton
5-Dec-2001, 21:57
Actually here's the link - all you ahve to do is register at the NY Times (free) if you aren't already


And Joes pix were in the Life special thats out

Neal Shields
7-Dec-2001, 22:39
That is it, thanks.

Tracy Storer
10-Jan-2002, 16:51
The camera used recently by Joe Mcnally IS the same camera, from the original question. Back in the day, Polaroid used scaffolding and opaque black plastic to make a location camera in the Vatican to shoot the frescoes. The 40x80 camera is now in a private studio in NYC, but can be rented. Feel free to e-mail me with questions about the big (20x24 +40x80) cameras. Eventually I will get some more info up on my website www.mammothcamera.com Tracy ps,