The Last Roll

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"A few days before Christmas, 2004, I was diagnosed with lymphoma," writes photographer Jeff Jacobson (born 1946) in his preface to The Last Roll. "Some present. After each chemotherapy session I retreated to our home in the Catskills to recuperate. I began photographing around the house as I was too sick to go anywhere else. As my strength returned, my photographic universe slowly expanded." Shortly thereafter, Kodak discontinued production of Kodachrome, the stock that had shaped Jacobson's vision as a ...
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"A few days before Christmas, 2004, I was diagnosed with lymphoma," writes photographer Jeff Jacobson (born 1946) in his preface to The Last Roll. "Some present. After each chemotherapy session I retreated to our home in the Catskills to recuperate. I began photographing around the house as I was too sick to go anywhere else. As my strength returned, my photographic universe slowly expanded." Shortly thereafter, Kodak discontinued production of Kodachrome, the stock that had shaped Jacobson's vision as a photographer. He bought up as much remaining Kodachrome film as he could, and exposed his last roll a few days before Christmas, 2010. The compelling body of photographs made on Kodachrome provides a nuanced, first-person depiction of a cancer patient's changing perspectives on life, death, art and the world at-large.
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Publishers Weekly
The fates of both a photographer and his film coincide in this introspective third monograph from Jacobson (Melting Point). Diagnosed with lymphoma in 2004, the photojournalist was confined to the immediate vicinity of his home in New York’s Catskills, where he launched into a new series of photos. Five years later, as his strength returned, Kodak canceled production of Kodachrome, the film that Jacobson had been using for 35 years. Taken with his last rolls of Kodachrome, this intensely personal series, which includes a poem by his wife, Marnie Andrews, explores the ephemeral in life and art. Bleary, lush, and delicate, it’s as though each photograph documents an ill-defined moment spontaneously and affectionately remembered: table knives glow under a bright red light at a California diner; a candle burns softly in a dark window; cranes seen through a web of branches pass against a pale sky; vague shapes of deer scatter in an electric flood of headlights; a girl sits alone, casting a long shadow across a sunny lawn. Often underexposed or simply obscure, the subjects appear to be dematerializing and evoke a rich emotional history. Jacobson’s photos convey the sensation of opening your eyes for the first, and perhaps the last, time. 50 color photos. (Apr.)
American Photo - Jack Crager
After being diagnosed with lymphoma in 2004, Jacobson turned to his photography as mental therapy; when his beloved Kodachrome was discontinued in 2010, he savored his last roll. " I have outlived my film," he writes. These images reflect longing, and gratitude, amid glimpses of beauty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983231677
  • Publisher: Daylight Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 116
  • Sales rank: 536,958
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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