Sunday, March 16, 2014

Coloramas Photographed by Neil Montanus

The Kodak's Colorama was a large photographic display located on the east balcony inside New York City's Grand Central Terminal from 1950 to 1990. Used as advertisements by the Eastman Kodak Company, the photographs were backlit transparencies 18 feet tall by 60 feet wide. They were described as "The World's Largest Photographs."

Since it was first displayed in May 1950, over 600,000 people saw the Kodak Colorama each day in New York’s Grand Central Terminal. From baseball games, and weddings, to NASA’s landing on the moon. A total of 565 Coloramas were publicly displayed, changing out every three weeks. When each new Colorama was unveiled, it often received an ovation from New York City residents and travelers.

Neil shooting the 'Teen Dance' Colorama at Kodak studios on State Street in Rochester, NY.

Neil Montanus's crowning achievement might have been his work on the famed Kodak Colorama project. Once forgotten and now considered a key piece of Americana and photographic history, Neil shot 55 of the 565 Coloramas. Here's a selection of his Colorama photographs:

Cheetah, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya, Africa
Displayed in Grand Central Station beginning on January 17, 1989

Snnrise Over Rio, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Displayed in Grand Central Station beginning on October 6, 1977

Christmas Carolers
Colorama #195 - displayed in Grand Central Station December 1961

First Underwater Colorama - taken in US Virgin Islands
Displayed in Grand Central Station beginning on October 6, 1977

Teen Dance in basement recreation room
Colorama #193 - displayed in Grand Central Station October 1961

Capitol Building, Washington D.C.
Displayed in Grand Central Station beginning on January 12, 1981

Jackson Hole Wyoming at Dusk, with backdrop of Grand Tetons
Displayed in Grand Central Station beginning on December 1, 1975

Presidential State of the Union Address, Capitol Building, Washington D.C.
Displayed in Grand Central Station beginning on January 26, 1976

Lost City of Machu Picchu, Andes Mountains of Peru
Displayed in Grand Central Station beginning on January 17, 1977

Richardson's Canal House Inn, Bushnell's Basin, New York
Displayed in Grand Central Station beginning on May 3, 1983

Vermont Fall Foliage Scene
Colorama #328 - displayed in Grand Central Station September, 1969

The Lost Coloramas

Some of the best Coloramas never saw the light of day. Recently discovered in Neil's archives were more than a hundred Coloramas which were never chosen by Kodak to be displayed in Grand Central Station. Many of these Coloramas have not been seen in more than 40 years.

Rio Street Photographers, 1978
Not displayed in Grand Central Terminal

Acropolis Dancers for Worlds Fair, taken in Athens, Greece. 1964
Not displayed in Grand Central Terminal

"The Girl from Ipanema", Brazilian Model on Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1976
Not displayed in Grand Central Terminal

Spanish Mission Town, Brazil, 1976
Not displayed in Grand Central Terminal

Brazialian Fisherman tending to their nets, Brazil. 1976
Not displayed in Grand Central Terminal

Bahia Brazil, 1976
Not displayed in Grand Central Terminal

Amazon River Fishing Village. 1976
Not displayed in Grand Central Terminal

Acropolis Dancers for Worlds Fair, taken in Athens, Greece. 1964
Not displayed in Grand Central Terminal

Australian Cliffs. 1978
Not displayed in Grand Central Terminal

(Photos © Neil Montanus, via)

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