Shortly before the opening of the exhibition YOU_ser: The Century of the Consumer at the ZKM | Media Museum we met with Susanna Kraus who reactivated the “Camera Imago1:1”. Camera Imago1:1 was constructed by Susanna Kraus’ father, the physicist Werner Kraus, and the goldsmith Erhard Hössle. Measuring seven meters long, four meters high and three and a half meters wide, is not only the biggest existing camera in the world – it is also the biggest mobile “full-figure self-portrait Camera”. The idea for this plate camera, constructed of welded iron plates and laminated sheets by E. Hößle originated in the early 1970s. Today, the artist Susanna Kraus has taken up her father’s idea making it once again accessible to a wider public. In this video Susanna Kraus explains how the camera works and what were the difficulties in reactivating the camera. ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst- und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe / Germany. October 20, 2007. The exhibition runs until January 1, 2009.
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