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Film has its passionate defenders and its ardent critics. So too does digital. The rivalry has been building for over twenty years and the two haven’t always been perceived as playing well together. When you’re in the media preservation business and the casualties keep piling up, people keep asking the same question:...

I love the story of the photographer at a dinner party where the hostess mentioned she had seen some of his magnificent work and that he must have a wonderful camera. The photographer thanked her and said her meal was also magnificent and that she must have a wonderful stove....

Although not manufactured since the early 1950s, thousands of feet of nitrate-based film footage still exist in collections around the world. We find historic, motion picture film owners ranging from corporations established decades ago to small museums. Often, they either don’t know if their holdings include nitrate, or they’re aware but unsure of what to do with them. In those...

For the Marin History Museum, our variation on the old, “What’s black and white and red all over?” riddle reflected a potentially dangerous artifact in our collection. The Museum collection included a unique donation: a canister of silver nitrate film labeled “San Rafael Military Academy 1927–1928.” ...

Besides reuniting with colleagues and learning about their adventures in the field of Moving Image archiving, some local history was absorbed during the 2017 AMIA annual conference....

Anselm Spoerri is a data visualization expert who has been conducting research and teaching information visualization for the last 20 years. He is a 2017 winner of the Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Award for DataVis Material Properties, an online tool he helped create for McGraw-Hill to visually explore materials and their properties....

When it comes to the handling, repair and archival preservation of motion picture film, I’m proud to say that PRO-TEK Vaults is recognized by production companies, film experts and movie studios as the premier film preservation facility in the United States—many even say the world. ...

The 3rd Nitrate Picture Show was recently held in Rochester, New York at the George Eastman Museum, from May 5-7 2017. Film archivists, preservationists, historians and enthusiasts from around the world attended and viewed rare nitrate film, projected on the big screen at The Dryden Theatre....

To those who take seriously the specialized craft of film preservation and archiving, which includes the technicians and cinema historians at PRO-TEK, it was a genuine delight to discover the first annual Film Librarians Conference. Hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (in partnership with the Margaret Herrick Library for Film Studies), the event took place April 26-28,...

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