Photo by Ian Ruhter
The original is a mammoth 27x35-inch modern tintype of Monument Valley by Ian Ruhter. Ian is a former commercial photographer who has devoted himself to archaic process and sometimes calls himself an alchemist. He exposes sheets of tin up to five feet wide, working inside his camera. Each of his largest exposures requires a full day's work. The process creates imperfections, but, he says, "you get these mistakes that are so beautiful that you wouldn’t change them if you could."
This photograph is titled "John Wayne's Special Spot." It is known to have been the late actor's favorite place in Monument Valley.
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