World’s largest photo captured via World’s largest camera

Imagine Guinness Book of World Records creating two new categories for the feat, the world’s largest photograph and the world’s largest camera. Yes folks, this has lately happened and the credit for this goes to a three-story-tall image featured from an old California airplane hangar using a special camera.

Measuring more than 44 feet (13 meters/ three stories) tall and 161 feet (49 meters/ 11 stories) long, the hangar-turned-camera is the world’s largest camera, according to the Legacy Project that created this artwork.

The mission of the project was to capture a memorial image of the nearly 5,000-acre (2,023-hectare) Marine Corps Station El Toro, a decommissioned military base. Developers plan to build a 375-acre park, museum district, sports complex and countless homes here, which were decommissioned in 1999 after more than a half-century of use. The photo depicts the control towers, palm trees and a portable toilet.

The massive photograph will be displayed on 6 September at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and will remain there to catching eyeballs till 29 September. Mind you capturing this single image was a humongous task as almost six artists used a minute peephole in the hangar doors to project light from the outside onto a casing of light-sensitive fabric lynching inside the dim facility.

Few details about the canvas used:

A white fabric measuring 31 (0.9 meter) X 111 foot (34-meter) used 20 gallons (75 liters) of light-sensitive emulsion as the photographic negative. I am sure you would be aghast to hear that the bulky fabric imported from Germany, weighed 1,200 pounds (544 kilograms).

After divulging the material for up to 10 days, it was converted into a the size of an Olympic swimming pool, using 600 gallons (2,271 liters) of back-and-white developer solution and 1,200 gallons (4,542 liters) of fixer.

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