Darren’s Big DIY Camera

Photographer Darren Samuelson spent a good year researching his big camera. Then it was time to build it. The bellows came first, crafted over two hard weeks on his living room floor. Next came the rear portion of the camera, and eventually the front, the rails, and the rest. All told, seven months of loving labor went into making Darren’s big DIY camera, capable of producing 14×36-inch negatives. (By the way, it also used x-ray film.) At long last, it was time to give things a try at San Francisco’s Lands End. The short documentary above shows you the rest. Don’t miss the images at the 2:20 mark…

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