The Divining Rod | Memory Chain
Tom Roznowski introduces the latest installment in our series exploring the turn-of-the-century photography created by the Cirkut Camera. Produced & Directed by: Susanne Schwibs Written & Narrated by: Tom Roznowski Archival Images Provided by: The Indiana Historical Society (With special thanks to Steve Haller, Susan Sutton, and Dorothy Nicholson) Chicago History Center The Prelinger Archives ChicagoTribune.com Music Provided by: "Over My Head, I see Trouble in the Air" — traditional spiritual performed by Maya Angelou, Lillian Hayman, James Bartow Tom Berich
In the first installment of the Memory Chain series, "The Picnic" examines the history of the cirkut camera and the unique way it 'steals time'.
Memory Chain is a series of short films, each connected to a cirkut or panoramic photograph taken between 1919 and 1930. These photographs portray people in face-to-face community, be it a lodge meeting, a family picnic, or a military battalion. These reflect a brief instance in the lives of individuals whose names are unknown to us and whose time on earth has since passed. Remarkably, this single moment of their existence has made its way to us and perhaps offers us a chance to consider our own times - how far we've come and how far we've wandered off.
Memory Chain is written and narrated by Tom Roznowski. The director is Susanne Schwibs. Editing and post-production by David Gonzales.
Memory Chain is made possible by grants from The Hollie and Anna Oakley Foundation, The Indiana Humanities Council, The Indiana Arts Commission. Supprt also provided by the Indiana Historical Society and the Vigo County Historical Society.