Time After Time #005: World’s Longest Photograph

A photograph is a record of a moment captured, frozen in time. But exactly how long is ‘a moment’? When you take a photo, the camera’s shutter opens for a fraction of a second to expose the film (or the digital cell) inside. Usually this fraction will be somewhere between 1/250 and 1/60 of a second – and generally speaking, the smaller the aperture of your shutter, the longer you you need to expose the film. Using a pinhole camera it’s possible to keep the shutter open for longer than a second without over-exposing the picture. Much, much longer in some cases.

This image by Michael Wesely, of the destruction and subsequent rebuilding of MoMA in New York, was taken continuously over a period of thirty four months and is thought to be one of the longest single-exposure photographs ever taken.

(via itchyi.co.uk, which has more pictures and a very interesting interview with the photographer)


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