"The Great Picture" made its international debut at the Art Museum at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing on March 8.
The world's largest silver gelatin print, which is in the Guinness Book of World Records, captures the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station and future Great Park in Irvine.
At three stories high and 11 stories wide, the photograph was developed in 2006 using a developing tray the size of a swimming pool. The muslin that it's printed on was imported from Germany from one of only two mills in the world that could create it.
A hanger converted into a pinhole camera took the shot.
"We knew it was going to big, we were more interested in the logistics … how do we turn the hanger into a camera and how do we shoot a picture that has something to say," Jacques Garnier, one of the photographers who participated in the project, said in a phone interview.