Exhibition examines the impact of the most popular camera of the 20th century


PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Through most of the twentieth century, the handheld 35mm roll-film camera—named for the size of the small film it used—was a ubiquitous and indispensible photographic tool. The camera’s compact design permitted easy concealment and nearly effortless transport, and its fast shutter speed enabled photographers to capture action as it unfolded. At the moment of roll film’s near obsolescence in the digital age, this exhibition presents a survey of 35mm photography and offers an examination of its characteristic look. On view are 66 photographs, beginning with street photographs by Andre Kertesz made in 1928 shortly after the 35mm camera became commercially available and concluding with work by contemporary artists who continue to use roll film. Highlights include work