I was just sitting here, scanning the forums, watching a bit of TV when this cought my eye on the Discovery Channel.
The title of the segment was "World;s Biggest Camera?" so I watched. Apparently, a photography student bought a delivery van from eBay, blacked out the cargo area completely, and made it into a giant box camera!
On the left side of the cargo area is a hole - in it, a lens taken from, of all things (!) a submarine periscope. The shutter is a little slider.
On the opposite wall, the operator (name is Scott I believe - didnt catch the last name) tapes up a huge sheet of photo paper after sticking up a bunch of 8x10 sheets he uses as test strips! Once he has the exposure time, he opens the "shutter" and exposes directly onto the paper! This is the only instance I can think of where the photographer is actually inside the camera!!! While the photo is being taken!!!
He then uses the floor of the van to layout th eprint, and sponges developer and fixer onto the paper from buckets!!! The resulting print is then washed... using a garden hose!
Apparently, the resulting image ( a negative, of course ) is used to print a positive image by contact printing. Supposedly given enough light and time, the paper is translucent enough to act as a negative.
I thought it was pretty neat, so I decided to share.