100 Words: Photographers Speak

100 Words: Jeff Jacobson On Kodachrome And Cancer

Just before Christmas 2004, I was diagnosed with cancer. Some present!

On June 22, 2009, on my 30th wedding anniversary, Kodak announced that it had ceased production of all Kodachrome, the film I have used my whole career. My photography is rooted in that film and those colors and textures have shaped my vision. The twin realizations, that my time on the planet and my supply of film were both finite, has had a strangely liberating effect on me. My photographs are images of a world hurtling toward an uncertain future, made in a medium that has already ended, by a photographer confronting his own demise.

Jeff Jacobson is a photographer based in Mt. Tremper, a Catskills hamlet about two hours north of New York. His work can be found in permanent collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the George Eastman House, Rochester N.Y. among others. You can see more of his photography on his Web site.

"100 Words" is a series in which photographers describe their work—in their words. What makes them tick? What makes a great photo? Film or digital? Positive or negative? Find out here. Curated by Graham Letorney

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