VAST is a Tribeca, NYC-based gallery and artist collective of photographers, engineers, artists, and computer scientists breaking ground at the intersection of art and technology by creating the highest resolution fine art photographs ever made. Unlike typical photos (20-40 megapixels) that lose quality when enlarged beyond two feet wide, "VAST photos" (1,000+ megapixels) remain perfectly sharp even at large sizes.
Founded by Dan Piech in 2017, VAST is pioneering the field of artistic ultra-high-resolution image-making by bringing together two previously isolated photography communities. The first community of photographers, the "artists," create aesthetically beautiful photographs. The second community of photographers, the "technologists," have mastered the techniques and equipment for producing ultra high resolution images. By assembling a team of innovators within both of these disparate communities, VAST has melded their respective talents to create photographs that are superlative both artistically and technically.
VAST photos are created by seamlessly stitching together many individual images of a scene. Each individual image is only a small section of the scene and a few dozen megapixels. However, after all the images are compiled together, the result is a photo of the entire scene with a resolution that can be thousands of megapixels.
The exposure process utilizes specialty tools such as rotational gimbal mounts, modified tripods, wind shields, and Arduino microcontrollers. VAST artists also employ numerous advanced imaging techniques such as focus stacking, exposure blending, high dynamic range imaging, and custom software scripting. These techniques are facilitated using the extremely powerful liquid-cooled computers they custom-built to efficiently process gargantuan volumes of image data. Every VAST photo is a labor of love that the artist can spend hundreds of hours creating.
As a gallery, VAST meticulously hand-produces and sells limited-edition, large-format "VAST Prints" of their work. Hundreds of hours were spent researching, designing, and refining an objectively superior printmaking process to create them. The team utilizes an extremely rare printer with the sharpest output of any chromogenic printer in the world (6100 effective dpi). Formerly used by the US military to print surveillance images and by international governments to print currency, the printer is the largest of its kind and one of only a very small handful in commercial use. Given VAST's tireless commitment to perfection throughout the entire image creation process, from exposure to printing, they can confidently say to buyers that VAST Prints are the highest quality photographic prints ever created.
All VAST Prints are certified by the signatures of both the artist and the printmaker on the back. An accompanying certificate of authenticity is also provided. Furthermore, the provenance of every VAST Print is verified and tracked using blockchain technology, a distributed, immutable, secure, digital ledger. This forward-thinking mechanism reinforces the cutting-edge technological nature of a VAST Print.
At a time when a glut of low-quality, superficial, auto-processed images fill social media feeds, VAST stands confidently at the opposite end of the market, valuing the craftsmanship, experience, and skill required to create technological and artistic masterpieces.
Collectors that value the quality of the photographic artwork they purchase recognize that VAST photos are uniquely unparalleled fine art photographs they can take great pride in displaying for decades to come.