A sushi chef and amateur photographer from San Francisco, Samuelson had been experimenting with large-format cameras for years, but the film was getting too pricey. He wanted to try cheaper x-ray film, and a friend who worked in radiology confirmed that it could work. The film stock Samuelson decided to use measured 14 inches by 36 inches, though, so the next challenge was to try to build a camera that could handle it. He began by constructing the massive accordion-like bellows he would need to manually adjust the camera's focal length, spending two weeks on the floor folding, cutting, gluing, and inserting the ribs that would give it form. "Of course, it didn't work," he says of his first attempt. "I hadn't measured correctly."