world longest photographic negative

The longest photographic negative in the world was created in Argentina

The longest photographic negative in the world measures an astounding 39.54 m (129 ft 8.69 in) in length and was created by Esteban Pastorino Diaz using a very well designed custom-built panoramic slit camera on 13 June 2010.

Having a background in engineering, Pastorino has been building his own cameras since the late 1990’s. For this particular endeavor, Pastorino constructed a 360 degree rotating camera made of high impact black plastic and an old pentax film camera that he retrofitted and mounted to his car.

custom-built panoramic slit camera

The negative is a panorama of major streets in Buenos Aires, Argentina, captured by the slit camera while mounted on the roof of a moving car.

world longest photographic negative

For his record shattering project, Pastorino plotted a route through Buenos Aires, from Moreno to 983, continuing through 9th Ave around the Obelisk and past President Roque Saenz Peña Avenue. Then towards Plaza de Mayo, continuing to Hipolito Yrigoyen Avenue La Rabida and ending on Avenida Leandro N. Alem behind the Casa Rosada. The route took 14 minutes and 45 seconds, the camera rotated 97 and a half times on its axis throughout the route.

Below  is a video where you can see a big part of that ‘never ending’ negative (imagine trying to process this!).

Since submitting for the Guinness World Record, Pastorino has already broken his previous achievement. In 2011, Pastorino photographed the New York Marathon, exposing over 1000 feet of film.