10 October 2006

Super 8 mm: "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated"

I was watching the telly the other night and was informed that Super 8 mm film is all gone in Europe. Really? When I checked this out a bit more, it all came down that Kodachrome is not processed anymore in Switzerland. From now on you need to send the Kodachrome film to the US.
So the Super-8 is not dead after all: To be more precise: The amateur film has gone professional. The special look is highly sought by commercial makers but also by directors that strive to evoke a period or to give a different look to scenes.
I was brought up with 8 mm films and when I heard the sound of the projector, I knew there was some quality time ahead, three minutes
of fun (that's one cartridge of film). That was before the two-hour video films replaced the well directed three-minute stories. Today, I use a digital video camera to cover some of the family events. Despite the digital convenience, I bring out the Super 8 camera and capture some events once in a while. Because that special atmosphere it captures is something I want to pass on to the next generation in my family. Kodachrome may be gone but the Big Yellow has more on the shelf.
film stills: abeku

Facing Uskudar...

Istanbul ferry, april 2006
Photo: Christian Wettergren

Guest: Joanna Kinowska. Song of an evening light

Joanna Kinowska
- historian of art, specialised in photography, working in oldest and biggest Polish national gallery of art Zachęta. Brave, creative photographer, not being afraid of trying new techniques and conventions. She is entering new roads, exploring new themes and all the time her works are marked with her talent, inteligence and sensibility.

Invited by Marcin Górski

post by: Marcin