Jeff Jacobson: The Last Roll
50 color photographs
Photographing with only Kodachrome, photographer Jeff Jacobson has created a seductive portfolio of images reflecting on beauty and mortality. From his opening statement, “A few days before Christmas, 2004, I was diagnosed with lymphoma. Some present. After each chemotherapy session I retreated to our home in the Catskills to recuperate. I began photographing around the house as I was too sick to go anywhere else. As my strength returned, my photographic universe slowly expanded. Shortly thereafter, Kodak discontinued production of Kodachrome. I loved Kodachrome, it helped shape my photographic vision. I filled my refrigerator and wine cooler with the stuff and kept shooting. I have outlived my film. A few days before Christmas, 2010, I exposed my last roll.” This compelling body of photographs provides a nuanced, first-person depiction of a cancer patient’s changing perspectives on life, death, art and the world at-large.