Butterflies & Buffalo: Tales of American Culture

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Unknown legacies lie among us. Rich cultural heritage and folklore quietly resonate within our landscapes. The United States is the most ethnically diverse nation in the world, yet we have struggled to find commonality in our differences, and in our rapid daily quest to achieve the ‘American Dream’, we have lost touch with our roots. Now is a pivotal time.

Symbolic of our fragile surviving cultures and the enduring strength of the American spirit, Butterflies & Buffalo will forever preserve our nation’s dynamic cultural history through the largest film camera in the world and a 20,000-mile nationwide documentary journey. The magnificence of over 50 cultures will be captured and shared with the public to commemorate extraordinary people from all walks of life. Join us on this amazing journey.

For more information visit: ButterfliesAndBuffalo.com or email chad@butterfliesandbuffalo.com


The Camera

The centerpiece of Butterflies & Buffalo is a remarkable 35-foot film camera designed by Dennis Manarchy that will capture the portraits of over 50 distinct cultures across the United States.

The centerpiece of Butterflies & Buffalo is a remarkable 35-foot film camera designed by Dennis Manarchy that will capture the portraits of over 50 distinct cultures across the United States.

The centerpiece of Butterflies & Buffalo is a remarkable 35-foot film camera designed by Dennis Manarchy that will capture the portraits of over 50 distinct cultures across the United States. An enigma in today’s digital world, the camera’s classic construction and unprecedented 6-foot film negatives are a tribute to a fading era in photography as we approach the 200th anniversary of the camera. Despite its traditional design and function, the camera is capable of producing images with over 1000x more detail than today’s most advanced digital cameras. Resulting exhibition prints will be breathtaking 24-foot portraits with detail never before seen in photography. More importantly, they will provide an indelible glimpse into the history, achievements, struggles, and environments of these extraordinary people and their unknown worlds.


The Project

Butterflies & Buffalo: Tales of American Culture

Unknown legacies lie among us.  Rich cultural heritage and folklore quietly resonate within our landscapes.

Unknown legacies lie among us. Rich cultural heritage and folklore quietly resonate within our landscapes.

Unknown legacies lie among us.  Rich cultural heritage and folklore quietly resonate within our landscapes.  The United States is the most ethnically diverse nation in the world, yet we have struggled to find commonality in our differences, and in our rapid daily quest to achieve the ‘American Dream’, we have lost touch with our roots.  Now is a pivotal time.

Symbolic of our fragile surviving cultures and the enduring strength of the American spirit, Butterflies & Buffalo will forever preserve our nation’s dynamic cultural history through the largest film camera in the world and a 20,000-mile nationwide documentary journey.  The magnificence of over 50 cultures will be captured and shared with the public to commemorate extraordinary people from all walks of life.  Join us on this amazing journey.