The Zapruder film is a silent, color motion picture sequence captured by a private citizen, Abraham Zapruder, with an 8mm Bell & Howell Zoomatic movie camera, as U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade made it’s way through Dallas on 22 November 1963. Zapruder’s motion pictures may be the most famous home movies of all time.
The camera was new, and the film in the camera may have been the first cartridge he ever used. The first 25 feet were family scenes around a backyard patio. The rest is significant evidence in assignation of JFK.
Thinking about technology, that was right place, right time. Today revolutions and red carpets are posted within minutes via smart phones and other devices. The outlets are blogs, social media and news organizations.
TMZ loves it, governments frown upon it.
Storm Chasers and News Junkies, be it still or moving pictures … what will be the next innocent bystander image the world will always remember?
Interesting timeline of the processing and custody of the film and the subsequent copies at