Rockford-native photographer Dennis Manarchy recently debuted “Butterflies & Buffalo: Tales of American Culture,” a gorgeous exhibition of sharply detailed black-and-white photographic portraits that stand at 24-feet tall. The exhibit is now on display in Two N. Riverside Plaza, but the Chicago show is just one small part of Manarchy’s path to make and share these photographs.
First was the creation of the unique camera Manarchy used to take these striking photos. At 35-feet long, his camera is the largest in the world and capable of capturing images with 1,000 times more detail than those taken with an advanced digital camera. Manarchy uses the camera to capture highly detailed portraits of people around the United States, representing more than 50 cultures including Native Americans, the Amish, Cajuns, and more.
Next, Manarchy created a movable tent to house his large-scale artworks. Within the tent, attendees will get a truly interactive experience as they view the stark black-and-white portraiture alongside holograms, smoke walls, special effects, and more. Exhibit-goers can even catch a documentary in the tent’s theater.
But Manarchy’s journey is just beginning. The Chicago exhibition kicks off a 20,000-mile trip to document The American Dream through portraits and videos of the people living it, and presents their trials and triumphs in pristinely detailed stills and an accompanying documentary. Admission is free and the exhibit is on view through October 31. Visit indiegogo.com to donate to the project. 2 N. Riverside Plaza