With three decades spent in conflict zones around the world, camera operator Kurt Moser pursues a new "peaceful" mission: to capture the Dolomites using ultra-large format Ambrotype photography and a retrofitted Russian URAL truck functioning both as a darkroom and camera itself.
Based in Northern Italy, Kurt's journey began when he discovered a large format camera and the discipline of Ambrotype, an antique photography technique developed in 1850. The UV-light photos are captured as a positive (rather than a negative) directly on to black cathedral plate glass with pure silver emulsion.
Finding the URAL while on assignment at the Berlin Airport, Kurt funded a Kickstarter campaign to transform the truck from a military machine, into a completely custom machine that will have an extremely rare APO-NIKKOR lens mounted on the back, capable of reproducing 150cm plates (5ft height).
The 1780mm lens nicknamed "baby" will function as a wide-angle lens, reproducing crystal clear images of the Dolomites that are truly one-of-a-kind.
The Lightcatcher project will also capture the 80 and 90 year old farmers native to the region that in many cases have never been photographed in their entire lives.
When completed the truck and resulting Ambrotypes will be on display in the Berlin Museum and at other installations around the world.
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Desktop Gallery & BTS Photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm7wqHrw
• Produced By Nima Karamati (plus featured portrait)
• Assistant Editor David Schmalz
• Additional Music provided by Kevin Albertini
URAL 3D ANIMATION - MIRKO BOCEK / http://bocek.it
AERIAL DOLOMITES FOOTAGE - THOMAS WÖRNDLE
WORKING IN THE DOLOMITES - GÜNTHER NEUMAIR
Filmed in 4K with Canon 1DX MK2 1DC & DJI Mavic and Osmo Pro in Italy
Music via DeWolfe