EXHIBITION The Booth: The Last Days of Film Projection

The Warwick Drive-in, Warwick, NY. Photo by Joseph O. Holmes.

The Booth: The Last Days of Film Projection
The Museum of the Moving Image

October 5, 2013–February 2, 2014

Opening preview and program: Friday, October 4, 6:30–8:00 p.m.

“For most of us who love going to the movies, the projection booth and what goes on in there is a bit of a mystery, if we even think about it at all. I, for one, am glad that Joe Holmes not only thinks about it, but has taken the time to document it in his unique way… Each image offers a glimpse into a private world that is all but gone…”—Actor/director Steve Buscemi

Photographer Joseph O. Holmes, a chronicler of people and their work spaces, turned his attention in 2012 to the projection booth. This exhibition of more than 30 photographs featuring projectionists in their domains, at movie theaters in and around New York City, shines a light on what is quickly becoming a lost art form. Holmes captures the intricate beauty of the projectors and related ephemera such as canisters, reels, and the medium—celluloid—itself, scattered across the often cramped booths. Usually anonymous and unseen, the skilled technicians who operate these increasingly rare machines are present in many of the images; their personalities evident in the handwritten notes, personal photographs, and posters that cover any available wall space. At a time when many lament the demise of film, these intimate portraits preserve a visual record of a vanishing medium and the craftspeople who keep film presentation alive.

View the complete gallery


About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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