AVP Holiday Card – 2008

December 31, 2008

Artwork by Stephanie Housley from Coral & Tusk (laser-cut)

2008 Holiday Card

The custom laser-cut illustration on the front of the card was created by AVPS in recognition of the significance of moving image film in our culture for over a century. According to Film Preservation 1993: A Study of the Current State of American Film Preservation, “fewer than 20% of the features of the 1920s survive in complete form; for features of the 1910s, the survival rate falls to about 10%”. Fortunately this trend got significantly better with each decade following the 1920s, owing to increased awareness and development of proper preservation and collection management practices. Since the late 19th century emergence of moving image film we have witnessed audiotape and videotape enter into existence. With the dawning of the 21st century, file-based formats are rapidly replacing tape-based formats on all fronts, while film still remains relevant for production and preservation. Today, film is the “darling” of the moving image and sound archive community. Film’s unparalleled visual aesthetic combined with its technological simplicity and depth has ensured its place in our cultural fabric and our archives for many years to come.

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