Holophile, Inc. was founded in New York City in 1975 to provide creative and production services in holography, and later expanded to include other 3-dimensional media. The company has produced a variety of special commission custom holograms for corporate identity and trade show displays. From 1976 to 1992, Holophile travelled the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Holography (NYC) to museums and science centers.
In 1985, Holophile introduced its Spectral Imagery presentations as a 3-dimensional alternative to the characteristically still imagery of traditional holography. These presentations feature full-color, "walking and talking" images of corporate spokespersons and historical figures who interact with products or objects on a small theatrical stage. Spectral Imagery presentations have been used worldwide by Fortune 500 and smaller companies alike to attract audiences to trade show booths and other special events.
In 1992, Holophile moved its corporate offices to Killingworth, Connecticut, where it also produces display cabinets and kiosks.
Our philosophy is simple: listen, handle the details, and make the difficult seem easy, with no unpleasant surprises. Holophile provides a true turnkey service, managing all aspects of the client's project to ensure the on-time and on-budget delivery of a professional, high quality product.
Paul D. Barefoot
Paul D. Barefoot, President, saw his first hologram in New York at the International Center of Photography exhibition, Holography '75: The First Decade, produced by Jody Burns and Posy Jackson. It was there that he caught "Holography Fever."
Within months, he moved to New York from his hometown of Charlotte, NC, where he was Director of Marketing for a graphic arts company and a C130 command pilot with the North Carolina National Guard.
In November, 1975 he founded Holophile, Inc. to market holography to corporations and nonprofit clients. He also began an affiliation with John Bliss Associates, Inc. (later, Bliss, Barefoot & Associates, Inc.), a Corporate/Marketing Communications Company, that served as Public Relations counsel to the Museum of Holography from its inception in 1976.
In 1977, Barefoot worked with Museum of Holography founder, Rosemary Jackson, to organize a traveling exhibition of the Museum's inaugural exhibition, Through the Looking Glass. It opened in Toronto and traveled to art, science and children's museums throughout the U.S. Public response was overwhelmingly positive. The exhibition was booked with institutions continuously for ten years -- not returning to New York until its retirement in 1987.
During that time, Barefoot took Looking Glass to Australia for an appearance at the Adelaide Festival of Arts, and to Jerusalem where it broke the all-time attendance record at the Israel Museum.
In1988, Barefoot began circulating the Museum's second traveling exhibition, FutureSight: Innovations in Art Holography. This exhibition, curated by Rene Barilleaux, traveled to art museums and galleries in the U.S., plus a tour of four New Zealand museums in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Barefoot continues to work in holography and other three-dimensional imaging technologies through his company, Holophile, Inc., located in Killingworth, CT.