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I read a superb article today on MotherboardThe Other Shooter: The Saddest and Most Expensive 26 Seconds of Amateur Film Ever Made. As Longform put it, it’s a riff on “the afterlife of 486 frames of Kodachrome II 8mm film shot by Dallas clothing manufacturer Abraham Zapruder” which captures the assassination of JFK. It is that, and so much more. Here’s a quote:

Because the President’s limousine passed almost exactly in front of Dallas clothing manufacturer Abraham Zapruder on Nov. 22, 1963, just as he was playing with his new film camera, and precisely at the moment that Lee Harvey Oswald fired his rifle from a nearby books depository, his silent, 26.6-second home movie has become the focal point of America’s collective memory on that weird day. For many of us, especially those who weren’t alive when it happened, we’re all watching that event through Zapruder’s lens.

Read the article in full here.

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