I set about making plans for the logistics of pulling off such an event. I called in an old friend, photographer Wilbur Montgomery.
We knew we wanted to give each person a print immediately after they were photographed. That called for technology other than a photo printer, which would have been too slow. We both had a background in making art using office machines, which led to using an office quality color copier.
I also wanted to make these photos visible to the public, so I created the concept for a “community portrait” wall. The prints were going to be 8 1/2” x 11” so the wall had to be big to hold the anticipated 500 portraits, a wall 8’ tall by 24’ wide, two-sided.