20,000 miles, one gigantic camera, and the myriad of faces, places and stories that make up the diverse American cultures found throughout the United States. That’s the foundation of photographer Dennis Manarchy’s ambitious nationwide photographic journey entitled, Vanishing Cultures.
Through the use of a custom-built, trailer mounted, 35-foot long ode to large format cameras of yesteryear, the aptly named “Eye of America” will travel to 50 states, capturing bits of American history one 6′x4.5′ negative at a time. The large scale of the project and camera used is to produce the absolute most detail in every portrait captured. As mentioned by Manarchy, the eyeball alone of each person photographed by the “Eye of America” shows a thousand times greater detail than an average negative, allowing for the stadium-sized traveling outdoor exhibitions planned to showcase the 2-story tall prints.
Still need a better sense of scale? Check out the videos below for an introduction to the project:.