John Chiara’s 48th at Land’s End (2005).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