ORWO Filmfabrik (ORiginal WOlfen)
Marta Herford/Tobias Zielony

212 pages
numerous colour illustrations
German / English
21,5 x 32 cm

Leipzig March, 2023
ISBN: 9783959057073

Width: 22 cm
Length: 32.5 cm

Language(s): English, German

Marta Herford

Tobias Zielony

Lyosha Kritsouk

Daniel Muzyzuck, Kathleen Rahn

The first multilayer colour film was developed in 1936 at the Agfa Filmfabrik Wolfen; the factory, now operating as ORWO Filmfabrik (ORiginal WOlfen), became the most important producer of colour film in East Germany. Today, all that is left at the site is the small company Filmotec, which produces a special archival film with long-term stability that can be inscribed with digital data in the form of QR codes. The photo book Wolfen is made up of a mix of different layers: photographs taken by Tobias Zielony in Wolfen-Bitterfeld; the storing of these images in Filmotec’s archive film format; and a text that switches between essay and science fiction in a bid to express an untold story, a story of darkness and cold, of dwindling work in the film factory, most of which was carried out by women — or by forced labourers in the period up to 1945. In the era of analogue film, photographic processing had to be done in the dark: Zielony’s work tackles this idea on a biographical, physical, and historical level


“Tobias Zielony speaks about the material, in the material - with an eye on the future.”

Jochen Becker, der Freitag

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