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Posts from — January 2012

The end of days for Kodak

(image: The Guardian)

As Kodak files for bankruptcy following a decision not to invest in digital cameras any more, it seems like the end of an era. It is a decisive moment in the history of cinema, as this move all but seals the fate of celluloid, making way for a cinematic culture that will be dominated by the digital image. As the virtual social network is bursting with stories of people’s first cameras, the cameras they inherited from their parents and grandparents and their many Kodak moments, here are some photos uploaded by BBC and The Guardian that trace a pictorial history of Kodak.

Kodak’s Development in Pictures (by BBC): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-16627900

Women in Focus: the Kodak girl:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2012/jan/19/women-in-focus-kodak-girl-in-pictures

January 20, 2012   No Comments  

Wide Screen opposes SOPA.

As a group working actively towards a promotion of freely available knowledge on the Internet, Wide Screen opposes the attempt to control the Internet by laws like Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Read more about SOPA at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act

 

January 18, 2012   No Comments  

SPARROW’s documentary on Homai Vyarawalla

The link to SPARROW’s 2006 documentary on Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first woman photo-journalist.

http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/719/Homai-Vyarawalla

January 15, 2012   No Comments  

Melodrama of Melancholia

by Priyaa Ghosh

Freeze the time and slow down its passage, I am mourning my own death;  I am afraid to meet with the moment…cripplingly alone. This is what I took home from Melancholia,

I AM DEAD BY MOURNING IT.

From Terminator to Day after Tomorrow, Hollywood had already churned out a gamut of “end of the world” films playing out the threat of natural disasters and invasion of the aliens on our planet. Lars von Trier takes off from that legacy, but does he really propose a trajectory to the great threat to human existence, advancing the  American obsessive fear  of being wiped out, the fear of the limitations in putting things under control.  Perhaps for the film, the approach of the planet melancholia, only partly emanates from this discourse and the rest of the deeply entrenched nihilism emanates from a shadow of the self, looming large and threatening. It is  a disintegration of the Nietzschean figure of the all controlling superman.  Melancholia is in us, a part of us, which is sent to retreat in the unconscious depths of the mind, by the exuberance of an assurance of rationally generated happiness, wholesomeness and a well being predicated on visibility and control. The impossibility of sharing the suffering of death is the primary predicament which sows the seeds of futility and decay in the film. The impossibility of meaningful communication aggravates the suffering to a state of paranoia and neurosis. [Read more →]

January 4, 2012   No Comments