Ian Ruhter’s photo truck is a time machine

Ian Ruhter

Ian Ruhter's photo vanIf we had to make a list of our all-time favorite subjects, today’s post would be in the top three. This video about Ian Ruhter and his camera-in-a-truck will surprise you. Frustrated with ubiquitous digital cameras and camera phones, Ruhter packed up everything he owned and spent his life savings on this project. He created a traveling camera that occupies the entire inside of a panel van and prints on 1.5 meter wet plates. Each print costs him $500, and they don’t always develop properly. If you’re not an artist, his narrative in this video will explain a lot of what is involved in every artist’s experience. If you have ever made art, it will remind you of what makes the process so rewarding. Making art is not one thing. It is not being talented. It is not having the right the materials. It is not skill. It is mixing all those things together until the perfect accident happens. It is magic.

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