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When, in 1982, Fred Gandolfi decided to close the family camera-making business, photographer Ken Griffiths thought the Peckham workshop, and the Gandolf‚Äôs unique way of of life should be recorded for posterity. Joined by his brother David as cinematographer and supported by a passionate team of film-makers and photographers, they crafted a nostalgic feature film of startling beauty, recording the passing of the old Victorian industry.
Fred and Arthur Gandolfi lived & worked in their Peckham workshops from Edwardian times into the approaching digital age, and were by the 1980‚Äôs regarded alongside Fred Dibner as representations of living industrial archaeology. The Griffiths film lovingly captures the beauty of their craft, the legacy of their family, and the last years of their remarkable lives.
Since it‚Äôs eventual premiere in 2004, when it won the Sheffield International Documentary competition the film has had only a few screenings. At last, after a new 2K high resolution scan & sound-track enhancement, the film will be available on DVD for general distribution.
Produced in the DigiPak format, the DVD package is an elegantly designed collectible production, including a 36 page booklet featuring many of Ken‚Äôs pictures, the making of the film, and Fred Gandolfi‚Äôs own description of their camera making techniques.