For Uber Film Nerds Everywhere
These images are from The Unseen Seen. The Discovery of the Film Reel Portrait by Reiner Riedler.
"A friend of mine, Volkmar Ernst, works in the big German movie archive…I was infected by his passion for the archive, the archive as a representation of culture and historical identity," Riedler explains. "My first movie in theaters was Bambi. When I found the film reel and had it in my hands, I immediately thought about my first cinema visit.”
When films are archived they’re saved to 35mm safety film (even new releases). Digital and video formats are a constant moving target — from VHS to DVDs to Blu-ray to MP4s. When archivists save movies to safety film, they know that if they take it off the shelf in 100 years and hold it up to the light, that the image will still be there.
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