Ernie Holzman, ASC’s Nov. 12 Art Show Benefits Cancer Research at City of Hope

“Rear Window” exhibit celebrates film cameras and lenses from the 20th century.

Kelly Brinker

Images courtesy of Ernie Holzman, ASC

On Sunday, November 12, writer-director Matt Reeves and cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, ASC invite you to Ernie Holzman, ASC’s “Life ReFocused,” an art show celebrating film cameras and lenses from the 20th century. All proceeds from the event will benefit cancer research at City of Hope and will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm at Red Studios, 846 North Cahuenga Blvd in Hollywood. 

Ernie Holzman, ASC with his piece “Spider-Cam.”

After a diagnosis of stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, two rounds of chemotherapy and surgery, Holzman was forced to retire from his work as a cinematographer. A few years ago, a friend gave him his collection of filmmaking equipment which included old Mitchell and Arri cameras, anamorphic and spherical lenses, viewfinders, various accessories and a rare b&w photograph of the iconic set of Alfred Hitchcock's film Rear Window.

"I was mesmerized by the collection, especially the Rear Window image, and I immediately took everything apart...every camera, every film magazine, every lens, every viewfinder and then used an angle grinder to remove the many layers of paint...taking each piece down to the original aluminum housing. This experience was exhilarating as I gradually discovered the aesthetic beauty and elegance of the equipment that had been so commonplace throughout my career.   

"As the project continued, and with the Rear Window photograph always above my work table, I welded together about 75 assemblages and sculptures from my friend's collection. One day it occurred to me that I had a unique opportunity to repay a debt to the cancer research community by staging a one day sale of the work I had created and I am thrilled to be able to present these pieces of history to the Hollywood community."

City of Hope is a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and other serious diseases. We deliver scientific miracles that make lives whole again. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute.

Holzman's 16" x 20" photograph of the iconic set from Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 suspense classic Rear Window, printed from the original 8" x 10" negative, will be sold at the event:

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