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World's largest mobile printing press churns out 6,000 images for exhibition

More than 6,000 images were printed as part of MobFORMAT: The Press, a month-long mobile photo exhibition held in conjunction with the Format International Photography Festival 2013 in Derby, UK. 

As part of the recent Format International Photography Festival 2013 in Derby, UK, the world's largest mobile printing press was used to interactively create a mobile photo exhibition featuring the images of EyeEm users worldwide. 

Participants submitted their images by tagging them on EyeEm. Between March 8 and April 7, more than 6,000 images were printed as part of MobFORMAT: The Press, the brainchild of mobile photographer (and Connect contributor) Misho Baranovic. Visitors to the Chocolate Factory exhibition space chose which images should be added to the growing collage of photos surrounding the printer.

"Together we made a living and breathing mobile photo stream," described Baranovic.

Watch the time lapse video below to check out the interactive exhibition in action, and visit EyeEm's blog to learn more about the project. 


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I like this idea, it would be fun to see and be a part of this mad photo-factory experience, I bet!


Of course nobody's looking at the actual photos on the wall.


How many comprise your production staff?
Went by too fast to count.

What was yout cost per print at the conclusion?

Thank you.


and the little notification on EyeEm was an awesome detail <3


How is this a "Printing Press"? It looks like a wide format inkjet printer. Which I don't understand why any old 8.5" desktop printer couldn't have handled just as well.

What am I missing here?

Please provide details about the "Printing Press", since the thread title touts "Worlds Largest Mobile Printing Press".


The use of a single desktop printer does not allow you to nest and print photographs continuously.

We used the large format printer to create a production line of mobile photographs coming through on 1m x 20m long rolls of paper.

The photos were then guillotined and handed over to festival visitors who selected and curated the works on the wall.

To me this continuous production of photographs has more in common with a printing press than a standard printer.


Then it doesn't fit the monikor "Worlds Largest Mobile Printing Press". It's just a wide format printer. No problem with that. But at least call it what it is.

Lithography, CTP, DTP, Plates (polyester or metal) will all transfer from ductor rollor to plate, to substrate.

It "PRESSES/TRANSFERS" the image from one surface to another... thereby pressing ink onto the substrate.

What you have here doesn't "PRESS" anything. It "SPRAYS".


But fun and interesting project anyway. Not trying to take anything away from that. But don't want to take anything away from long toothed industry standards and pressmen, who make their living by defining technologies apart from one another.

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Also, the printer itself didn't have anything to do with the "nesting" requirements of your project. That is RIP software/hardware, independent from the printer. The RIP can be connected to any myriad of printers... Though I suppose you're using an HP with built in RIP. It's still separate functions.

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Absolutely agree with you. Its not a Printing PRESS by any known definition of a Press.

If I am right, these wide format printers are called Plotters, used for printing large size Engineering Drawings (in Colours too).

I hate these advertising stunts.. like start calling an aeroplane a Flying Carpet.. and catch everyone's attention!!

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Oliver Lang

And a rose by any other name...


Excited to know one of my photos is up on that wall! I think its a neat idea :)


Thanks for being part of it Stepherzme! I'm glad you liked the idea. It wouldn't have been possible without the EyeEm community.

By (unknown member) (Apr 13, 2013)

What a waste of time and energy.

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It wasn't a waste of time or energy for me or the thousands of photographers and visitors who joined in the creation of the exhibition.

It was a collective, participatory exercise that generated a fascinating physical manifestation of a mobile photo stream.

When you looked closely at the photographs you could see a multitude of themes and threads linking the images together, a result of concious choices from visitors who either responded to the content of neighbouring images or the physical space itself.

Further, as the exhibition grew so did visitor's gut reactions to entering the space. Some were thrilled to be able to join in and soak in the photos while others were depressed and overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of them. Both reactions were valid and reflect the challenges we face in the ever accelerating sharing and consuming of online imagery.

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I get it - and like the mix of performance, photography and participation. A unique exhibition!

I would have loved to be there.

Oliver Lang

Ironic comment is ironic.

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How in the world is such a cool project a waste of time and effort? Please elaborate. In triplicate. In two languages, with citations and real world examples. Due Friday. I'll be back. Thanks for coming out.


"It's alive!"

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