Photographer David Burnett (L), pictured in the press pack at today’s first public session of the ongoing impeachment hearings.
As diplomat William Taylor and State Department official George Kent took their seats in the House today to begin their public testimony, their entry was heralded by a noisy fluttering sound, as attendant photographers shot off hundreds of continuous frames on their Canon and Nikon DSLRs. But one man stood alone, among the fray: David Burnett, veteran, multi award-winning photographer, co-founder of ContactPressImages and large format film enthusiast.
At the opening of the House Impeachment, the ole wooden camera on the ole wooden witness table pic.twitter.com/Lht5DJ1xPt
— david burnett (@davidb383) November 13, 2019
The camera is an ‘Aero Liberator’ – Made by John Minnicks, the Liberator is a custom-made camera, which takes 4 x 5 film. Judging by today’s footage of David using it, continuous shooting speed is limited to about one frame every five or six seconds, at best.
Learn more about the Aero Liberator camera