Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rogers Archive acquires filmmaker's trove

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM

The Rogers Photo Archive in North Little Rock has purchased the library of documentary filmmaker David Hoffman. Seen above is a long interview with Hoffman in which he describes his life's work.

The 50-year collection includes over 2,000 hours of video. Included are rare interviews with NASA pioneers including John Glenn and Buzz Aldrin, rights to Hoffman's six-part TV series "Making Sense of the Sixties," footage used to make his World War II doc "How Hitler Lost the War," footage shot during the making of a 1974 B.B. King concert shot live at Sing Sing Prison, plus un-aired footage of historical events ranging from the Central High Crisis of 1957 to concerts by Bob Dylan and Elvis.

John Rogers, the owner of the archives, has been on a media buying spree in recent years, acquiring the photo morgues of a slew of American newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press, The Denver Post, the Chicago Sun Times and others. The Rogers Photo Archive sells duplicate images and leases historical images to publications and other media.

FUN FACT: Rogers also happens to own the only nude photo of Joe DiMaggio known to exist, purchased at auction last year for $17,233.

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