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James Layton

The Museum of Modern Art
Manager, Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center
United States
James Layton is a film historian and archivist specializing in the history of motion picture technology. He is Manager of The Museum of Modern Art’s Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center, and is co-author of two books with David Pierce: "The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935" (2015) and "King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman’s Technicolor Revue" (2016). Prior to working at The Museum of Modern Art, Layton was an archivist at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY, where he curated two gallery exhibitions celebrating CinemaScope and Technicolor, and the informational website Technicolor 100, which contained newly produced videos exploring the technology behind some of Technicolor’s most famous colour and widescreen systems. Layton was also a contributor to the Image Permanence Institute’s "Knowing and Protecting Motion Picture Film" informational poster (2010).