Photo Books

John Chiara’s First Book Gathers His Custom-Camera Images of the California Landscape

December 6, 2017

By Conor Risch

© John Chiara

“Quintara Street at 12th Avenue, San Francisco,” 2014. In his book California, John Chiara took a homemade camera obscura on the road to make images of the state’s “in-between places,” he says.

John Chiara’s first book, recently published by Aperture and Pier 24 Photography, gathers work the photographer has made in California during the past 18 years. Each of Chiara’s photographs is unique, made using large cameras he built to expose photographic paper and reversal film, and capture the landscapes and architecture in front of his lens. Chiara mostly avoids the typical...

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