Color Film Test Footage From 1922 is Ethereally Beautiful


This four and a half minute reel of color test footage from 1922 was originally made by Kodak to test out their new Kodachrome film.  Perhaps one of the earliest examples of moving color film, it has been preserved and digitized by Kodak’s own labs.  The flickering is caused by the variable speed of the hand-cranked cameras at the time and variations in the density of the film used.  The music is also hauntingly beautiful.

Something about color film really makes people come to life and seem somehow more real.  It may be an incredibly inane thing to say, but the past really wasn’t all in black and white.


Kodak’s 1000 Words blog via Slate.




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