On September 23, 2009 The Anne Frank Foundation released the only existing film footage of Anne Frank on YouTube. In the film, Anne Frank is present for approximately five and a half seconds, leaning out of a second floor window, watching a newlywed couple who lived next door. The film was shot on July 22, 1941 at the Frank family's apartment in Amsterdam where they lived before going into hiding.
I was immediately struck by the precious nature of this finite archive, the only existing moving image of the young diarist, one of the most well-known victims of the Holocaust. I was also intrigued by the means of dissemination, YouTube, which rendered every frame of the original film accessible to anyone through a backlit computer screen. To date the clip has been viewed more than 3 million times.
Through research I was able to learn that the original was shot on July 22, 1941 on 8mm film at a frame rate of 18 frames per second. As Anne Frank is present for approximately five and a half seconds, there are 98 frames in the original film strip containing her image.
July 22, 1941 aims to recreate this finite archive in a series of 98 drawings, emulating the grainy quality of the original which is a result of the film, camera, and quality of light as the original was shot as well as the process of digitization in order to upload the clip to the internet. The intended installation will allow all the visual information included in the archive of the only existing moving image of Anne Frank to be viewed simultaneously, an attempt to arrest and suspend a fleeting everyday moment captured over seventy years ago.