BLACKTOP
Modernity

Charles Eames, Ray Eames
11 min
USA 1952

'A story of the washing of a school play yard.'


Charles Eames shot Blacktop at a schoolyard near the designer’s office in Los Angeles. Filmed on a 16mm hand-held-camera, an office colleague was given technical charge of the hose, directing the movement of soapy water across the asphalt. Charles edited the film on homemade equipment, synchronizing it to Bach’s Goldberg Variations.



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Charles Eames
(1907–78) USA

Ray Eames
(1912–88) USA

Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important American designers of the 20th century, best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design (e.g., the Eames Chair), industrial design and manufacturing, and the photographic arts. The pair married in 1941 and during them highly prolific live produced some 85 short films ranging from the famous IBM sponsored Powers of Ten (1977) to precise studies of objects such as Tops which like over 30 of their films has a score by Elmer Bernstein. Charles died August 21, 1978. Ray died ten years later to the day.

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