SF Weekly: Dreamscapes: A Photographer Processes the City's Essence Through His Gigantic Camera Obscura

Curators around the country like the meaning they find in Chiara's work, which he's exhibited since 2003. Chiara was one of a select few whose art was picked for the recent de Young exhibit, "Crown Point Press at Fifty." Among prestigious museums that have Chiara's images: The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. A native San Franciscan with an M.F.A. in photography from California College of the Arts, Chiara, 42, began making his own cameras almost 20 years ago after developing and enlarging traditional film and realizing that he wanted more control over the image. One of his first jobs after getting his bachelor's degree in photography from the University of Utah was developing photos at a commercial lab in San Francisco.

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