Decomposed Nitrate Film Clippings from the Turconi Collection

February 20, 2013


Italian film historian Davide Turconi collected 35mm nitrate film clippings, which are now part of the Davide Turconi Project. Joshua Yumibe has provided a selection of clips in the advanced stages of nitrate decomposition. Joshua states "such frames make up a relatively small yet remarkable portion of the collection. As these shapes and hues have tragically faded in disintegrating emulsion, we are left with fragments that, through the workings of time, have transmuted into breathtaking images akin to abstract works of art." The 23,491 clippings are housed at the George Eastman House. Joshua's book, Moving Color, is influenced by the project's account of early color films. (via 50watts)






Images courtesy of George Eastman House Motion Picture Department Collection.