Guinness Certifies World's Largest Photograph and Camera

Premier Exhibition of This Remarkable Photograph

September 6 through 29, 2007

Art Center College of Design, South Campus, Pasadena, California

Aug 07, 2007, 01:00 ET from The Legacy Project

    IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Great Picture --
 the world's largest photograph -- will have its premier showing September 6
 to 29, 2007 at Art Center College of Design, South Campus Wind Tunnel,
 Pasadena, California.
     (Photo: )
     Guinness Certifies New Photographic Records
     In official certificates issued July, 2007 in London, Guinness states:
 "The largest camera was created from an airplane hanger measuring 13.71 x
 48.76 x 24.38 m (45 x 160 x 80 ft). The camera produced a photograph on
 canvas measuring 9.62 x 33.83 m (31ft 7in x 111ft). The attempt was
 organized by The Legacy Project at the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro,
 California, USA in June 2006."
     In addition to acknowledging the photograph as a remarkable object, the
 six artists view The Great Picture as an exclamation point at the end of
 the film-based era, a marker at the crossing where photography moves away
 from film and into pixels.
     The Exhibition
     Art Center College of Design, South Campus Wind Tunnel, Pasadena,
     Artists            Jerry Burchfield, March Chamberlain, Jacques Garnier,
                        Rob Johnson, Douglas McCulloh, Clayton Spada
     Opening Reception and Performance
     Thursday, September 6, 2007, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
     Exhibition Hours    Tuesday-Friday noon to 9:00 p.m., Saturday noon to
                         6:00 p.m.
     Location:           Art Center College of Design, South Campus 950 S.
                         Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
     The Great Picture was created over the nine months leading up to July
 2006 by six well-known photographic artists collectively known as The
 Legacy Project, aided by 400 volunteers, artists, and experts. Working in
 their jet- hangar-transformed- into-camera, the group hand-applied 80
 liters of gelatin silver halide emulsion to a seamless 3,375-square-foot
 canvas substrate custom-made in Germany. Development was done in a custom
 Olympic pool-sized developing tray using ten high volume submersible pumps
 and 1,800 gallons of black and white chemistry. The premier exhibition at
 Art Center College of Design, South Campus, will feature The Great Picture
 along with videos and photographs in an environment designed to re-create
 the dramatic atmosphere within the jet-hangar-as-camera where the giant
 photograph was made.
     The Great Picture has been featured in hundreds of publications from
 art journals such as Art in America, Photographie, AfterImage, Juxtapoz,
 and Black & White Magazine to newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times,
 Chicago Tribune, Der Spiegel and The Guardian. A hardcover book on the
 project, now in production, will be released in 2008. In addition, the
 Guinness Book of Records pre- approved and is now evaluating applications
 in two categories: world's largest photograph and camera.
     The photograph shows the control tower, structures and runways at the
 heart of the shuttered 4,700-acre Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in
 Southern California, shut down in the base closings of the mid-1990s. Once
 home to U.S. Marine Corps air operations for the western United States and
 Pacific region (including Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East), El
 Toro is now being turned into housing and one of the largest urban parks in
 the western United States.
     Great Picture Facts
     Finished Size: 107'-5" x 31'-5"; 3,375 square feet.
     Photograph type: Black and white negative image with a gelatin sizing
 and a hand-coated gelatin silver emulsion.
     Subjects Depicted: The Marine Corps Air Station El Toro control tower,
 twin runways, and heart of the future Orange County Great Park, with a
 backdrop of the San Joaquin Hills and the Laguna Beach Wilderness.
     Camera: Building #115, an F-18 fighter plane hangar at Marine Corps Air
 Station El Toro, Irvine, California.
     Camera Size: 44'-2" feet high by 79'-6" feet deep by 161'-6" feet wide.
     Materials To Darken Hanger: 24,000 square feet of six mil black
 viscuine; 1,300 gallons foam gap filler; 1.52 miles of two-inch wide black
 gorilla tape; 40 cans of black spray paint.
     Fabric Substrate: Seamless unbleached muslin specially ordered from
 Germany and weighing 1,200 pounds rigged.
     Aperture Size: One-quarter inch (6mm) pinhole fifteen feet above ground
 level-no lens or other optics.
     Emulsion: 80 liters of Rockland Liquid Light-a gelatin silver black and
 white sensitizer hand-painted onto the fabric under safelight illumination.
 Emulsion applied on July 7, 2006.
     Exposure: 35 minutes beginning at 11:30 a.m. July 8, 2006
     Date of Development: July 8, 2006
     Developing Materials: 600 gallons traditional black-and-white developer
 and 1,200 gallons fixer delivered by ten high-volume submersible pumps.
     Developing Tray: Eight mil vinyl pool liner contained by a wooden
 sidewall-114 feet x 35 feet x 6 inches deep.
     Print Wash: Twin 4.5 inch fire hoses connected to a pair of hydrants
 tested at 750 gallons-per-minute.

SOURCE The Legacy Project