The Big Big Camera

Ian Beesley
Man in giant camera
21 January 2017 to 22 April 2017
Free

Photographer Ian Beesley has repurposed an industrial process camera from Gallery Oldham’s collections to produce this series of images. The result is this exhibition of large scale photographs and negatives that will make you think again about the process of photography.

This camera was originally housed at Rome Mill in Springhead, where it was used by a company manufacturing wallpaper. Large process cameras were made specifically for the printing industry and consequently once installed were rarely moved again. However Ian Beesley was determined to take it on tour.

After cleaning and repairing the camera the most important challenge for Ian was using a camera that was designed for huge negatives 20 inches square. His solution was to create a grid which could take smaller negatives resulting in images made up of 20 separate prints. The result is this exhibition of large scale photographs that will make you think again about the whole process of taking a picture.

More information can be found here.

Photo Credit: © Ian Beesley

Part of the Northern Summer of Photography - Find out more here.

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