VHS - The Analog Revolution!

blog by Michael Raso

VHS - A format that served us very well for so many years, it may not surprise you that there’s a growing number of people that are rallying around the original, home entertainment format – video tape.

Top image: The huge VHS letters outside the VHS/VIP exhibit at Artscape 2012! above: 1983 JVC VCR commercial / Below: Vincent Price for Polaroid branded VHS tapes 1985

The revolution against the usage of digital devices isn’t limited to the preference of film stocks over digital cameras. It seems there’s a growing group of videophiles that are rejecting modern digital streaming and disc formats in favor of the well know and almost forgotten VHS tape format.

above: promo for The Monster Channel's first original program which showcases 1980s shot-on-video VHS horror. Produced in cooperation with LUNCHMEAT Magazine and hosted by Editor-In-Chief JOSH SCHAFER, it runs every Friday night at midnight on http://www.100ymm.com/

VHS was invented by JVC and home video recorders were first introduced in the United States in 1977. By the mid-1980s, just about every household had a VCR (Video Cassette Recorder). Video rental stores popped up on what seemed like every corner. The format revolutionized the way we watch entertainment and by the early 2000s, the VHS format bowed to the DVD and digital revolution.

above: display pieces from VHS/VIP @ Artscape 2012!

This past July, the folks who run Artscape commissioned a tribute to VHS tape. Artscape - Baltimore, Maryland is one of the largest outdoor art festivals in the states.

Josh Schafer, publisher of the VHS tribute magazine “Lunchmeat” and Baltimore low-budget filmmaker Chris LaMartina (pictured above) were the curators of the VHS tribute which featured posters, VHS tapes and TVs galore (playing VHS programming)

VHS - The Analog Revolution @ Artscape 2012! by Film Photography Project

The rain didn’t keep people away or me from documenting the event on traditional film (pix below)!

And that's not all folks! "In celebration of this influential medium, the Museum of Arts and Design (in New York City) presents VHS, a three-month survey of the short-lived video revolution. VHS screenings include a wide array of VHS offerings, including rare genre films, bootleg rock concert videos and independent works" The museum runs through August 18, 2012. http://madmuseum.org/series/vhs  (You Tube spot below!)

All photos shot by yours truly using the FPP Plastic Filmtastic 120 Debonair camera on Kodak Ektachrome and Tri-X film. Additional photos shot with the Geneva K110E Pocket 110 camera on Fukkatsu 100 BW (110 film)

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DaveGrunge's picture
VHS is a better format to capture home & amateur video with as opposed to digital. You can then transfer it to digital easily and the result is much nicer than digital on it's own. The best camcorders are ones made in the first half of the 90's. I'm glad there are other people into this stuff.

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