Kodachrome is the name of a photographic film introduced by Eastman Kodak in 1935. In mid 1960s it became extremely popular with amateur filmmakers. Excessive saturation and small granularity – characteristic features of Kodachrome films – became integral part of the captured family memories.
Due to the sentiment, massive protests followed the decision on Kodachrome Super-8 discontinuation in 2005. Wilhelm Sasnal, whose most movies had been recorded on this film, used his last five cartridges to make Kodachrome.
He fastened cardboard pieces containing various texts on a projector reel: calendar pages, information on the movie about John Kennedy’s assassination, slogans from Kodachrome advertisements, Jetinder Sira’s relation from a dream flight in a Concorde, lyrics from the Paul Simon’s song titled Kodachrome.
After a short exposition he run the projector. Each text swirls and disappears, just like in the famous spinning newspaper film effect.
References: Sasnal. Przewodnik Krytyki Politycznej, Warsaw 2008.
Source: 16 mm
© Wilhelm Sasnal, by courtesy of Foksal Gallery Foundation
Ownership form: deposit