As you travelled through Grand Central station in New York city between 1950 and 1990 you could see them: The World’s Largest Photographs. Both Kodak advertisement and documentation, these extremely large prints (about 6m x 24m) featured work by some of America’s most famous photographers.* They used a special camera and enlarger to create these panoramic photographs. The widescreen backlit transparencies – almost like stained-glass church windows – depicted an idealized vision of post-war America; wholesome families, awesome landscapes and pleasurable leisure activities. Changing the photo every three weeks, a total of 565 Colorama images were displayed at Grand Central in New York.
I wrote a short story inspired by these photographs: Colorama World
(*Images by Hank Mayer, Neil Montanus, John Hood, Lee Howick, Herbert Archer, Ozzie Sweet, Norman C. Kerr, Fredrich Smith. Gearoge Eastman House)