The photograph, known as The Great Picture, was created at the former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, by turning an abandoned hanger into the world’s largest pinhole camera.
“I am very happy and proud of the (exhibit) and need to share it with the Cypress College family since the original impetus for the project started here in our Photography Department,” said Rob Johnson, one of six artists who spearheaded the project. “As many of you might recall, this image was originally created by The Legacy Project, a group of six photographic artists, of which I and three others who taught here at CC (including Jerry Burchfield) were charter members.”
The Smithsonian’s description of the exhibit reads, in part:
Come and see what is possibly the largest pinhole photograph in the world, The Great Picture, on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center April 26 through November 2014. This exhibit features a unique camera obscura black-and-white, gelatin silver photograph that measures 31 feet high and 107 feet wide. It was created in 2006 by a group of six artists and depicts the abandoned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Southern California.
Johnson, Clayton Spada, Mark Chamberlain, Jacques Garnier, Douglas McCulloh, and the late Mr. Burchfield are the co-creators of “The Great Picture” as part of the Legacy Project. All but Garnier have been on the faculty here at Cypress College. Garnier will present an artist’s discussion about the work on Saturday at the Smithsonian.
In the summer of 2006, the six well-known photographers and 400 volunteers first converted a hangar at El Toro into the largest pinhole camera ever created. The group hand-applied 80 liters of gelatin silver halide emulsion to a seamless canvas substrate — measuring 107 feet, 5 inches by 31 feet, 5 inches — custom-made in Germany. Development was done in a custom Olympic pool-sized developing tray using ten high-volume submersible pumps and 1,800 gallons of black and white chemistry.
A 35-minute exposure began at 11:30 a.m. on July 8, 2006 when a quarter-inch (6mm) pinhole was opened fifteen feet off the ground in the base’s Building #115 — a former F-18 fighter-plane hangar. The resulting 3,375-square-foot photograph shows the control tower, structures and runways at the heart of the closed 4,700-acre Marine base, as well as the surrounding foothills.
You can hear Johnson and Burchfield discuss the photograph in the October 23, 2006 edition of the Cypress College Podcast (beginning at the 3-minute, 40-second mark). In addition to technical and philosophical aspects of creating the photograph, the pair also describe the scene inside the world’s largest camera during that 35-minute picture-taking process.
Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) will host an Education Summit on Thursday, May 1st at the Cypress College Campus. The Summit, which will feature a number of dynamic speakers, will focus on a new and exciting approach to education in California called Linked Learning. It transforms the traditional high school experience by bringing together strong academics, a demanding technical education and real-world experience to help students gain an advantage in high school, post-secondary education, and careers.
The public is encouraged to attend, according to the publication. RSVP to Senator Huff’s District Office at (714) 671-9474.
Here is a video featuring Senator Huff discussing the event:
Cypress College’s 15th Annual Parent Night event for graduating which school seniors and their parents will be held on Wednesday (April 23, 2014). The event will take place in the Campus Theater, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. One student will receive a $300 scholarship for participation in Parent Night. The event is free, including parking in Lot #1, near the college’s main entrance on Valley View Street.
Parent Night includes a college fair and resource tables hosted by Cypress College faculty and staff between 5:30-6:30 p.m. More than 30 academic programs will be represented. Entertainment and light refreshments will also be served.
The event continues from 6:30-7:30 with an overview of the application, registration, and matriculation process. Questions about admissions, financial aid, registrations, programs, and available classes will also be answered. There will also be discussion of key dates and expectations for new students.
Parent Night concludes with a drawing for a $300 scholarship to a who school senior who attends the event. The criteria for the scholarship is established by the Cypress College Foundation.
For questions about the event, contact Marion Shocklee at (714) 484-7371 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. No RSVP is necessary.
Fola Odebunmi, a professor of economics at Cypress College, has joined the Community College Association’s executive board. She will serve as treasurer of the statewide faculty organization following her April 12 election to the post.
Odebunmi has served as a CCA board member for 4 years. She also is a former president of the Cypress College Academic Senate and the United Faculty of the North Orange County Community College District.
Dr. Simpson called her election an “outstanding recognition” for Odebunmi, as well as for the faculty organizations she represents, and for Cypress College.
“Since Fola is the first UF member elected to a state office, this achievement is quite and honor for both UF and the district,” colleague Linda Borla noted.
Cypress College is advancing six faculty for consideration by the Trustees. The faculty are: Maha Afra, Fine Arts; Kendra Contreras, Health Science; Michael Frianeza, Health Science; Craig Goralski, Social Science; Joyce Peacock, Library and Learning Resource Center; and Stephanie Rosati, Career Technical Education.
The meeting takes place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Anaheim Campus, 1830 W. Romneya Dr., in Anaheim.
The North Orange County Community College District serves over 61,000 students each term at Cypress College, Fullerton College, and the School of Continuing Education. These NOCCCD campuses and programs serve an area of over one million diverse people in 18 communities and unincorporated county areas and 16 school districts.
Updated: May 9, 2014 (to incorporate the brochure)
Our thoughts are with the family of Dr. Tom Cooper, who passed away yesterday morning, April 15, 2014. Dr. Cooper was a long time counselor here at Cypress College. After he retired he returned to the campus many times in a volunteer capacity, including as part of the Foundation committee responsible for selecting each year’s outstanding alumnus. Memorial services will be held on Monday April 21, 2014, at 5 p.m.
He was a charter faculty member of the college. As a member of that original group, Dr. Cooper set up the Chemistry Department and taught Chemistry, Biology, Math and Astronomy. In addition, he served as the Student Activities advisor for 20 years from the college’s opening through the 1980s. In 2001, he returned from retirement to again lead Student Activities for a semester on an interim basis.
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