The Dolomites – captured as ambrotypes with one of the most spectacular mobile cameras in the world! A gigantic art project!
About this project
Our aim is to capture the DOLOMITES, now a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, in images that are almost as ENDURING as the mountains themselves. We have thus revived an archaic method of photography – the ambrotype! “Images that tell no lies.”
Kurt Moser has been researching and testing various methods for many years. Now with his HISTORICAL camera, considerable effort and PASSION, he is ready to take photos that show the mountains in a completely new LIGHT.
Our original bellows camera, dating from 1907, can take pictures of up to 50×60 cm format in a light spectrum – ultraviolet – that is completely invisible to the human eye. In order to do justice to the majesty of these mountains, we have gone one step further in order to take, with your HELP, unbelievably impressive LARGE-FORMAT images of up to 150 cm in size.
After many years we have finally acquired the rare objective that we sought.
For technology buffs, the lens in question is the APO NIKKOR 1780 mm, of which there are only ten in existence worldwide.
We have thus overcome one of the biggest obstacles to our project. This objective allows us to build an enormous, WALK-IN, mobile CAMERA. We also have the appropriate vehicle ready: a historic URAL truck with six-wheel drive.
Together with our partner, Pichler special vehicle constructors, we will convert this historic piece of military equipment into one of the largest mobile cameras in the world.
We wish to immortalise the light of the Dolomites on silver and glass and make it accessible to all the world. The exhibition dates (including in Berlin’s renowned photography museum) are already agreed, and preparations for the print run are in hand.
What we need now is YOUR SUPPORT in order to convert this Russian military truck into an artistic tool, a camera, to allow our project to become a reality!
BECOME PART OF THIS UNIQUE PROJECT!
Risks and challenges
Practically none: we already have the extremely rare lens (Apo Nikko 1780 mm)! In the extremely unlikely event that it gets damaged or lost, we have on the one hand a good friend, one of five other private collectors in possession of such a lens, who has agreed to make it available to us for the project if necessary; and if the worst comes to the worst, we also have another slightly smaller lens (Apo Nikko 1200 mm) with which we can produce almost equivalent images.