This series of filmograms is a project in cooperation with the Filmarchiv Austria. The film rolls were taken from the FAA Laxenburg and exposed and developed in the laboratory of the former company Synchrofilm.
During two years working in a filmlab I did mainly scan 16mm & 35mm footage from various archives. There was no way around to do more of the photograms, which I used to develope years ago (see 43.819 Frames). Most of the prints came from 16mm reels, A/B neg, black & white pos/neg, color, whatever looked good for this technic. Less homogen material meant more fun for me!
Soon I figure out some specific patterns and signs for the condition of the film material. Not only old and bad splices, also something starts to grow out of the center of the reel. This THING makes it way from inside out, looking like the iris of an eye or a sunbeam going its way. Or a bad option, it´s film cancer. It seems like the material becomes a higher density, which does not allow to let the light go through that much. This made me thinking about using the technic of a photogram, as a way to show the present, physical state of the reel, without winding the film. Especialy for very fragil material a possible last chance, to take the fingerprint of it.
Photograms of 16 & 35mm filmreels printed on baryte-paper on aluminium, 50cm x 60cm.