In the summer of 1969 computer scientists Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie created the first implementation of Unix with the goal of designing an elegant and economical operating system for a little-used PDP-7 minicomputer at Bell Labs. That modest project, however, would have a far-reaching legacy. Unix made large-scale networking of diverse computing systems — and the Internet — practical. The Unix team went on to develop the C language, which brought an unprecedented combination of efficiency and expressiveness to programming. Both made computing more “portable”. Today, Linux, the most popular descendent of Unix, powers the vast majority of servers, and elements of Unix and Linux are found in most mobile devices. Meanwhile C remains one of the most widely used programming languages today. Unix may be a half-century old but its influence is only growing.


Brendan Barry is a UK-based photographer who’s known for turning all kinds of unusual things into working cameras, from food and mannequins to shipping containers and camper trailers. But his latest project was his most ambitious yet — turned a Manhattan skyscraper into a giant camera.

Barry took over the 46th floor of a skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan and blacked out the 27,000-square-foot space by covering up the 160 windows with a 360-degree view of the city.

He then let the outside world shine into the camera by mounting 12 lenses pointed at the New York skyline.

The camera captured ultra-large-format analog photos using large rolls of photographic paper. The paper negatives were then contact printed into positive photos using iPhone flashlights as makeshift rudimentary tools for the process.

Here are a few of the giant prints that resulted from the effort:

Here’s a 7-minute film by Favorite Child Creative about the Skyscraper Camera Project:

You can find more of Barry’s work on his website and Instagram.