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Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era Hardcover – November 7, 2012
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"Full of poignant insights, both visual and literary, into a bygone technological era." -- The Economist
"Haunting images documenting film's slow fade to black including photos of old Kodachrome labs, classic photo booths sitting unused and, most strikingly, shots of Kodak plants being demolished." Imaging-resource.com
"Incredible shots of what was once a thriving industry, now sadly in decline." -- Popular Photography
"It is already a kind of elegy." -- The Guardian
"More autopsy than obituary... Disappearance is an impressionistic investigation of the film industry-the local economies it once sustained, the many thousands of people it employed, the process by which its increasingly scarce products are manufactured." --The Nation
"Suppose they gave a revolution and only one professional photographer came ." -- The Globe and Mail
"The Disappearance of Darkness is an exceptional chronicle of photography's 'transition from industrial to information age,' and I can't imagine any photographer not appreciating this book." -- Photo Life magazine
"The Disappearance of Darkness is testament to human ingenuity, and indifference. The physical scale at which photography functioned for decades is remarkable, as is the rate at which that scale was diminished and then destroyed. We are not far from the time, if we are not already there, when a person will not be able to reconcile how images of outsize factory buildings, networks of pipes, and loading docks relate to the creation of a photograph. That is Robert Burley's ultimate point... you can't be reminded about something that has already been forgotten." -- Imprint
"A longtime architectural photographer, Burley's images of abandoned film manufacturing plants serve as a record of a defining moment in the history of photography." -- CNN
"Ask me about film, and my head gets light and my heart races. Had it not been for all those bulk-loaded rolls of Tri-X I tore through in the 1970s, I would have few memories of what had been the landscape of my youth. Those same emotions - of joy, confusion, excitement and, yes, loss - are vividly evoked by Robert Burley's book "The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era." In it, he chronicles the breakneck speed at which film and the huge factories where it was produced have almost vanished. He has pulled back the curtains and taken the viewer into places where film, paper and chemicals were cloaked in darkness - both literal and legal. Using a 4-by-5 film camera whose technology itself harkens to the 19th century, he has produced a meditative and loving look at an industry that has imploded like the dozens of factories that have vanished into rubble and empty lots." -- New York Times Lens Blog
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful merging of writing and photography tinged with sadness for a passing giant.
Film will continue to be used for decades by some but there are now new born generations of photographers who have never seen it. There are as well passing generations of old photographers who don't miss it at all.
But in reading Mr Burley's book I got a real feeling of what a thundering giant in the world of Art film once was.
His quoting of Shelley's "Ozymandias" is truly apt. The last two lines of that poem capture the glory that once was, and has now faded.
"Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away."
Curator Alison Nordstrom states in an accompanying essay: "We can hold this book in our hands and turn the pages for our
children, and tell them what we remember of a different time from theirs."
I am still digesting through the book
I am pleased there is a documentary on the demise of photographic film manufacturing before too late
This book will be Remembered in years to come
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting story, worth a read. I was not particularly compelled by the photography.Published 9 months ago by J. Brian
I got this for my s***ty ex boyfriend but I guess he liked it. Cheers!Published 11 months ago by Olivia Reuter
I like the book, it’ a sad look at the consolidation and demise of the film industry.Published 15 months ago by Ian Mazursky
This is a depressing book for old school photographers, but it is really interesting to see how change happens and how technology affects the market and corporations.Published on May 6, 2013 by Island girl