Photographer John Chiara Is His Own Camera

John Chiara's (2005). Photo: Image courtesy of the artist and Von Lintel Gallery, New York.

To produce his subtly poetic and immersive landscapes, San Francisco photographer John Chiara doesn't use a camera; he becomes a camera. Chiara's hand-built, room-size picture-taking device (which is mounted on a flatbed trailer) requires the artist to climb inside and push moving parts around himself. Chiara's work is up at Chelsea's Von Lintel Gallery through March 1. —Rachel Wolff