Vera Lutter

"Sometimes I bring my hosts or the workers inside the camera and have them see the projected image on the opposite wall. And so often they just don’t blink an eye—it doesn’t mean anything to them. And that’s another fascinating experience for me: one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen in my life isn’t amazing to somebody else. The first time I created a camera obscura, after I had realized how long I had to sit in there to adjust my eyes to the darkness, to see the projection, which is about 20 or 30 minutes—I thought I’d seen God. When I saw the first projection, it was an epiphany. It was probably one of the most overwhelming moments of my life. "

Vera Lutter uses packing crates, shipping contaners and rooms as cameras, and exposures can take several days.  Interview here



(Pepsi Cola, Long Island City, X: July 10, 1998, unique silver gelatin print, 87½" x 168")



(Cargo Field, Frankfurt Airport, XIII: May 2, 2001, unique silver gelatin print, 66" × 42" )