THE OTHERWORLDLY PHOTOGRAPHY OF JOHN CHIARA

“Sierra at Edison” (2012 , chromogenic photograph on Kodak Professional Endura Metallic paper) © John Chiara 2014.8.4 (Credit: The J. Paul Getty Museum/John Chiara)

“There are worlds within worlds in Coahoma County.” I first encountered the work of San Franciso-based photographer John Chiara at a current exhibition at the Getty: “Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography.” Chiara’s cameras are old-school: a box with a lens. They’re also huge. He makes them himself and transports them on a custom-made flatbed trailer. […]