Panoramic Photographs

Shooting a Panoramic Photograph

The "Pizza Run"

Download the MPEG (7 MB) or Quicktime (4 MB) Video of this Presentation*

One joke you can play in a Cirkut panorama photograph is to have someone appear in the picture twice.

Group of people posed for a panoramic photograph
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Group of people posed for a panoramic photograph with two people highlighted in blue and red
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The two people on the far left are also on the far right. In the business, this is called a "pizza run." Here's how it's done:

Photographer and camera with a group of people

Photographer: "When he says go, you run both at the same time — Betsy around the camera, Pat around back. Get in line on the far end on the other side and just hold very still when you get there."


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*This video was shot on December 19, 1992, in front of the U.S. Capitol. It documents the staff of the Central Photo Company shooting a group portrait with a Cirkut camera, and the subsequent development and printing of the resulting negative. The group assembled for the portrait consists of Library of Congress staff members, mostly from the American Memory pilot program and the Prints and Photographs Division.

The video was produced by Bucky Wall of Buckaroo Associates, and could not have been made without the generous cooperation of James and Rochelle Ivey of Washington Central Photo Company.

The scenes in the photographic laboratory were restaged for the video camera. Film development, which must be carried out in complete darkness, was simulated for the camera using a piece of clear film and, during the video editing process, the scene was reduced to black and white in order to simulate darkness. The footage of exposing the photographic paper in the contact printer was also manipulated in order to simulate the reddish tones of the safelight.