To achieve the size, the photographs were printed onto transparencies, which were spliced together and then backlit. For the first time in over twenty years, the Kodak Coloramas are returning to Grand Central Terminal in a special exhibit at the New York Transit Museum Gallery. However, the thirty-six prints of the original images, measuring two feet high and six feet wide, are considerably smaller than their predecessors. The exhibit travels internationally and was created by the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.
The Colorama collection features work from famous photographers Ansel Adams and Ellie Porter, shots of well-known celebrities such as Normal Rockwell, Diane Sawyer, and TV’s Ozzie and Harriett. Also included is the first public photo of the Earth as witnessed from the moon. Curator Alison Nordstrom said, “These illuminated images reflected and reinforced American values and aspirations while encouraging picture-taking as an essential aspect of leisure, travel, and family.”
“The Coloramas taught us not only what to photograph, but also how to see the world as though it were a photograph,” Nordstrom also said. “They served to manifest and visualize values that even then were seen as nostalgic and in jeopardy, salvageable only through the time-defying alchemy of Kodak cameras and film.” The Grand Central exhibit also has video footage of the photographers with their work, sharing stories of how they shot the photographs and their unveiling.
The exhibit, which began on July 28, will be on display in New York’s Grand Central Terminal until November 1, 2012. To learn more visit MTA.info.
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