By Jack Ackerman
Clifford Ross wanted to capture details on film, but no camera could do quite what he had in mind. So, he made his own.
Ross, a painter and photographer, has contributed works to the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum. He described the process of developing his camera, patented in 2004 as the R1, in a lecture yesterday afternoon.
He described his first experience with artistic photography as “a disaster.” Attempting to photograph ocean waves, Ross entered the water and swam, camera in hand, trying to capture as much detail as possible. Despite his efforts, the images turned out blurry and were nearly indecipherable. A camera did not exist that could capture the details he wanted.
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