Big Camera Equals Big ….


Wright Commission, Chicago 2007
Alice made fun of me awhile back for being part of the school of large format dudes making large format prints of large ideas.
I’ve been thinking of it a lot as of late because I’ve been making some new work with an 8×10 camera. Alec warned me I’d have to be in tip top shape for this camera. Clearly Richard doesn’t have a problem (he’s buff!). Though everytime I dread lugging around this monstrosity, I think of Barbara Crane who stands perhaps 5 ft. tall making countless effortless 8×10 pictures all over the streets of Chicago (for decades now).
Really what has me capitvated and makes the expensive and labor worth it is the optical properties of that camera. It can make the stupidest thing seem extremely serious. When not scribbing on dry erase boards in class, I am making pictures with this beast for a commission this month at the Wright Auction house and doing push ups. (Image above).


  1. Posted October 18, 2007 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Looks great Brian. Can’t wait to see the rest!

    (studio manager at WRIGHT)

  2. Posted October 19, 2007 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Stephen DiRado wrote (via email):

    Brian, get over it. If you use a 4×5, 8×10 is a very easy transition. And honestly the weight is not much more. I use a Phillips and Sons daily, the camera and tripod balance over my shoulder without effort. I used to use a Deardorff but found it was a bit awkward for field work. One can set themselves up with a rig that includes holders,lenses, tripod and camera for under 20 pounds. So yes, stretch in the mornings before you go to work but you do not have to do much more to prepare.[smiles]

  3. greg
    Posted October 19, 2007 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    big camera = small…


  4. Posted October 22, 2007 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    8×10 is a fantastic format. Barbara crane pushes hers around the city in an old golf club cart, you can pick them up pretty cheap, the big wheels even go off road nice.

  5. Posted October 25, 2007 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    liking the new stuff+suck it up+keep it up

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