American Portraits * Film in glass sculpture

Michael McCafrey's avatar Michael McCafrey

My piece is a multi portrait photographic work on the last of the great Kodachrome Color Film. Crossing the U.S. I approached strangers and recruited them for their portraits 1 photograph per person 1 portrait per frame resulting in 37 portraits per roll. Shooting 44 rolls in this manor totaling 1491 portraits The films are left uncut creating 4.5 ft long positive filmstrips The 44 portrait rolls are than mounted across and abutted down between two pieces of non reflective ½ inch glass that is 7.5 ft tall x 5.5 ft wide & mounted in a steel base creating a freestanding 7 ft tall glass film sculpture that is backlit and displayed in a dimly lit gallery All film sprocket holes are blacked out Viewed from afar the film sculpture appears to be a floating modern color abstract when approached it transforms from the whole to the sum of 1492 individual portraits The portraits will also be time lapse projected on the back wall creating an intimate viewing experience of each portrait

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 4
  • Medium: Film and glass
  • Width: 6
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 8