Lors Photography has a history of making the biggest, most iconic objects of our time.
The first one to make the leap from photography to the big screen was a man named Carl Zeiss, who created the first photographic film camera.
Zeiss and his partner, Ernst Haeckel, also designed the first electronic film camera in the 1930s.
But it wasn’t until 1955 that the pair created the world’s first large-scale optical film camera, which took up a huge amount of space in a man’s bedroom.
It’s now the largest film camera ever made.
The film camera has become so iconic that it has been used as the inspiration for many different films, including the James Bond franchise, a series of sci-fi movies starring Daniel Craig and, most recently, a live-action adaptation of the popular Harry Potter novel.
But for Lors, the biggest achievement was making it possible to take a picture of a person and create a full-frame image of them.
“We used a very, very small piece of film, called a micro-epitaph, which would allow us to take images of someone and create the first full-scale images of them,” said Lors owner and founder and creative director, Thomas Schütz.
“And that’s exactly what we did.”
The micro-eptaph is a piece of glass that can be used to take an image of a human face and use a special lens to create an image that can then be scaled and printed onto a piece, so that it’s ready to be enlarged and displayed.
“That is an incredible image, it’s an image so big and so detailed, that is the only way we could ever make it,” Schüts said.
“The first time we showed it to a friend of ours, it was amazing,” Schutz continued.
“We were blown away by the quality of it.”
Schütz said the process of creating the image was relatively simple.
He made the image of the subject by applying a light to a piece on a microepitacepiece and using a special microscope to examine it.
The microepotacepice then took the image and converted it to the original film format, then turned it over to the lens.
“Then we took that image and we did a second digital scan, this time with the new image and with the old image, so it’s all the same,” Schötz said.
“It’s a beautiful image.”
The image is then enlarged and printed, making it ready for the viewing audience to see.
“The image we made in 1955 was incredible,” SchÜtz said, adding that it was the first time that he had ever created a photograph of someone.
“There was nothing like it in the world.”
Schötz and Schüttz have since made many more cameras, including a 35mm film camera that can create images of anything, and a 100mm lens for digital cameras.
But the first large scale optical camera was actually made in 1952, when the duo built the first of its kind, which was so big that it required an additional set of walls to fit inside.
“I remember sitting in the car with the photographer, thinking, ‘This thing is really big,'” Schüetz said.
That’s why they had to make a second camera in 1952.
“But it’s still there,” he added.
“A few years later, a lot of photographers stopped by and said, ‘What’s that thing you’re making?'”
Lors Photography also made a documentary film about the history of the film camera called the ‘Cinematic Camera.’
The film film was made on film and used to make an accurate representation of the time it took to make this new type of film camera and to make it available to the public.
The film was a huge hit, with more than 3 million views on YouTube.
“This is the first movie that I have seen that tells the story of the first film camera,” Schuytz said of the documentary film.
“So I think it’s a very important documentary.”
Schätz said that his family is still extremely grateful to Lors and Schöttz for creating this new way of capturing and displaying images of the world.
“They were amazing people, they helped us become very successful,” Schätz explained.
“I hope they’ll continue to be with us.”
The company hopes to eventually create a film camera of this scale in the future.
Lors is also working on a new digital photography course for film students and filmmakers.
“If you’re a filmmaker or you’re interested in a course on film photography, we would be happy to meet you,” Schatz said.