James Layton

James Layton is a historian and archivist specializing in motion picture technology, in particular the development of color and widescreen in the 1920s and 1930s. He is Research and Information Specialist in the Moving Image Department at George Eastman House, responsible for the strategic development of the museum’s Technicolor collections. Layton curated the Eastman House exhibitions Bigger Than Life: CinemaScope at 60 in 2013, and In Glorious Technicolor in 2015. He previously served as a cataloger and workflow coordinator at the East Anglian Film Archive in Norwich, England. Layton is a graduate of the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. He has lectured in film archiving at the University of East Anglia and the Selznick School. He is co-author of the poster Knowing and Protecting Motion Picture Film (Image Permanence Institute, 2009).