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World's Largest Camera


The World's Largest Camera - born in Monroe, Wisconsin. See this 35-foot long by 12-foot tall camera before it embarks on a two-year, 20,000 mile journey throughout the United States. Along the way, it will be used to document "tales of American culture" by capturing images of the faces of individuals representing lost cultures of our nation - Native Americans, Appalachians, Louisiana Cajuns, Blues artists, WWII Medal of Honor winners, Eskimos in Alaska, and more. The building of camera, a dream of photographer and Rockford, Illinois native Dennis Manarchy, represents collaboration among more than 30 engineers, designers, and craftsman. Monroe-area businesses involved in the project were Davis Welding and Bartels Sandblasting & Restoration. Manarachy's photography exhibit - The American Cowboy - will be on display in the Courthouse through November 16. The camera itself is outside and can be seen at any time. It will be leaving sometime on November 17. Fitted with a super-sized lens, camera will be used to generate giant, 16 x 24-foot prints – the equivalent height of a two-story building. Never before has a camera had the ability to create such dramatic detail at this large scale. The journey by the camera and crew, along with a team of historians and anthropologists who will document the stories along the way, will culminate with an awe-inspiring, stadium-sized outdoor traveling exhibition including photography, film, performance, and state-of-the-art effects. The World’s Largest Camera is presented by Main Street Monroe, Green County Tourism, Colony Brands, and Super 8 of Monroe.