The Great Picture
November 23 – December 15, 2013
Public Walk-Through: Saturday, Dec 14, 2:45pm
The Great Picture is the world’s largest photograph, a history-making image three stories high by eleven stories wide. The photograph was made using a shuttered Southern California F-18 jet aircraft hangar transformed into a gigantic camera obscura—the largest camera ever made. It’s a grand statement — a final monumental black-and-white photograph made at the point photography transitions from film to pixels.
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 black and white 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.
On Saturday, December 14th Jacques Garnier and Clayton Spada, of The Legacy Project, will lead a public walk though of The Great Picture, beginning at 2:45pm in the CAC Warehouse.
The Great Picture will be on view during gallery hours (11am to 5pm) on the following dates:
Saturday, November 23
Sunday, November 24
Monday, November 25
Wednesday, November 27
Saturday, November 30
Sunday, December 1
Saturday, December 7*
Sunday, December 8
Monday, December 9
Wednesday, December 11
Thursday, December 12
Friday, December 13
Saturday, December 14
Sunday, December 15
*The Saturday, December 7th public viewing will be limited during the performances of Pavement.
Additional: The Great Picture book signing with The Legacy Project’s Jacques Garnier and Claton Spada on Sunday, December 15, as part of the Literally Speaking event (3-5pm). This event includes a panel talk in the CAC’s Freeport Theater with a multi-artist book signing to follow.