Allison explores the history of two camera models in new essays
Doctoral candidate Caleb Allison had two essays published in a new book, “Tales from the Vaults: Film Technology Over the Years and Across Continent,” on June 30. The book, edited by Director of the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive Rachael Stoeltje and Louis Pelletier, has collected 100 stories covering a wide range of pre-cinema, cinema, video, and digital devices developed since the 18th century, submitted by archives and film preservationists. It features a foreword by filmmaker Christopher Nolan.
The two cameras featured in Allison’s essays, “Ciné-Kodak Model B (f/1.9) – Ostrich Leather Edition” and “Revere Model 88,” have been preserved and are held by the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive from the Alan Lewis Collection. As an archivist assistant, Allison also inspected and cataloged a large portion of the Alan Lewis collection when it was first donated. He even created an online exhibit for the collection.
Allison is an award-winning independent filmmaker who specializes in small-gauge formats. His interests are split between film production and film and media preservation.