In 2019, Gamma Ray Digital scanned and color graded many hours of home movie footage for MoMA's re-opening after a months-long renovation. The exhibit, called Private Lives, Public Spaces featured 8mm and 16mm home movies shot by a variety of amateur filmmakers and artists. For this exhibit, we scanned films including the The Departure of Guernica from MoMA in 1981 (Super 8), footage of the 1941 Disney Animator's strike, Salvador Dali in 1954, and many others.
Salvador Dalí appears in a 2-minute 16mm reel photographed at his Portlligat home in 1954. The artist putters about his garden, disheveled and somewhat out of costume, but aware of and comfortable with being filmed. By connecting this seemingly candid moment to Dalí’s public persona, the exhibit dialogues with present-day habits of personal branding.
American Cinematographer, April 2020
Also in 2019 we scanned Sergei Eisenstein’s unfinished epic QUE VIVA MEXICO. This project included 35mm and 16mm elements from the collection at MoMA, which had been edited and re-edited over the years. We assembled the films into new digital masters, based on the best available elements. We provided 4k scanning, color grading, and restoration services for this series of films, which were exhibited in December, 2019.