Ever since the beginning of his career in 1960, ophthalmic optician, Michel DUSARIEZ has explored new aspects of photography.
the eighties he rediscovered Kite Aerial Photography, invention
of the Frenchman Arthur BATUT
(1888) and shared it with the world.
done that, he involved himself in all aspects of photography of
more than 360°, which among other things resulted in his stunning
360° stereoscopic camera, an invention for which he received the
Boelpaepe Award of the Royal Academy of Belgium in 1995.
a trip to Japan, Michel DUSARIEZ met Hideaki SATO who did not hide any details of his works to him. Later he met the Dane Lars R. LARSEN who, inspired by Michel's work, had invented a 360° camera as simple as ingenious, the LARSCAN which enables Michel
Dusariez to be well equipped for the challenge which he
has set himself.
Underwater photography covering more than 360°.
the best of our knowledge, it has been attempted several times,
but hitherto without success, so the new technology presented here
seems to be a World's first!
A scuba diving licence became Michel's passport
to the underwater world .
basic prototype for 35 mm film in a macaroni plexiglass box was
born and took its first dive in 1995. The system was reliable and
worked correctly, but the materials and the film format chosen for
this test did not make it possible to reach satisfactory standards.
Michel met the press photographer
Raphael DEMARET who is also a scuba diver and underwater photographer.
project re-surfaces - forgive us the pun - and new developments
see the light of day thanks to this new cooperation.
investments in gear as well as research having been done, the new
prototype was built. It works with format 220 film, colour or black
and white.The motor driving the camera works on 12 volts, and an
integrated circuit takes care of easy programming for the three
stainless steel body is cylindrical, which permits perfectly smooth
first pool tests have been carried out and were up to our expectations
- both as to function and as to the quality of the images.
At present, no serial
production is envisaged.