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A camera worth a thousand words
Metal Fabricator Mike Bartels works to grind a few rough edges on a 35-foot trailer inside Davis Welding, Inc., in Monroe, Monday, July 29. The trailer will sit beneath the 35-foot film camera, which will be capable of producing 6-foot film negatives. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - Dennis Manarchy, an internationally renowned, award-winning photographer raised in Rockford, is preparing to document American culture in the most incredible way possible - with the largest film camera in the world and a 20,000-mile nationwide documentary journey. Manarchy turned to Davis Welding Inc. - located at N1944 Jeffrey Road, Monroe - to build the trailer to mount his giant 35-foot film camera, which he will use to capture the portraits of more than 50 distinct cultures across the United States. Davis Welding is also crafting the bellows for the actual camera.