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Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center
Free to CPA Members, $10 for Nonmembers

Please join us for an exciting evening with current Low Fidelity artist, John Chiara, as he discusses his innovative methods for exploring traditional photography in its most primitive form, utilizing his large scale camera obscura.  

John works with a room-sized camera he designed and built himself, which requires a flatbed trailer to transport. He photographs both urban and rural environments, and once settled on a location, the set up for making a single photograph can take the better part of a day. Loading color photographic paper in almost complete darkness, he makes an exposure by manually opening the lens, allowing light to enter his “camera obscura” chamber. To develop the print, which may be as large as 50 x 80 inches, he fits it into a giant PVC pipe, pours in chemicals, and rolls it back and forth on the floor.

John has exhibited widely and his photographs are in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the National Gallery of Art, and the Elton John Collection, among many others. Don’t miss this chance to hear John discuss his groundbreaking and inventive processes.

Watch a short 7 minute video of John working: