Sunday, April 18, 2010

Panchromatic Joan

The Passion of Joan of Arc was produced in 1928. It was made with panchromatic film. Some viewers have found themselves "enthralled in the drama of an 82-year-old creation". I was impressed with the film but was also struck by the tonal expressiveness of the close-ups of Joan.



A quick check of figure 13.4 of The manual of photography: photographic and digital imaging By R. E. Jacobson and it's clear that these monochrome flesh tones probably do differ from earlier black and white and subsequent color renderings.