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Photocinematographers

Photography in Film

In two evenings of programming dedicated to the film work of artists better known as photographers, we will explore how traces of photography persist in the work of these “photocinematographers.”

The program plunges viewers into the worlds of luminaries of photography like Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, and Daido Moriyama. Works by highly photographic filmmakers Chris Marker and Ed van der Elsken are also a natural fit. A contribution from the ever-iconoclastic Andy Warhol troubles the very distinction between photography and cinema, while young Montreal photographer Celia Perrin Sidarous contributes a hybrid of the two.

Whether recording the experience of city life; exploring the artistic, symbolic, or narrative possibilities of film; or delving into more personal or autobiographical material, these photocinematographers have all appropriated the cinematic medium in their own personal way to interrogate and enrich their relationships with both photography and the world around them.

Curators: Alexis Desgagnés and Guillaume Lafleur

Event program

October 20, 2011 %u2013 7:30 p.m.
Manhatta

Manhatta

Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler, USA, 1921, 7 min. 26 s., 16 mm.

Manhatta, which predates Walter Ruttmann’s seminal Berlin – Die Sinfonie des Großstradt (1927), is considered one of the first examples of avante-garde filmmaking in the U.S. With a storyline borrowed from Walt Whitman, this silent film depicts a New York City pulsing with life and vitality.

In the Street

In the Street

Helen Levitt, USA, 1952, approx. 15 min., 16 mm.

Primarily a photographer, Levitt here teams up with James Agee and Janice Loeb in pursuit of the moving image and delivers a compassionate look at life in the poorer neighborhoods of New York City.

Handen

Handen

Ed van der Elsken, Netherlands, 1960, 5 min.

By focusing on hands, Dutch photographer and filmmaker Ed van der Elsken produces a poetic reflection on the various activities that make up the human life cycle.

Fietsen

Fietsen

Ed van der Elsken, Netherlands, 1965, 6 min.

Ed van der Elsken films the cycling activities of his fellow Amsterdamers with results you won’t soon forget. Somewhere between the genre scene and the portrait, this short asserts and reiterates the filmmaker’s fascination with everyday human life.

La jetée

La jetée

Chris Marker, France, 1962, 28 min

Perhaps the first photo-roman produced by a photographer/filmmaker, La jetée is also among Chris Marker’s masterpieces. Science fiction in an earlier sense of the term, the film is a profound meditation on visual memory; each photograph calls into question the very objectivity of photography as a form, here undermined by the narrated thoughts of the people who haunt the images presented.

 

Haircut #1

Haircut #1

Andy Warhol, U.S.A., 1963, 24 min.,16 mm.

Andy Warhol turns his camera on a makeshift barbershop in an industrial setting, filming a number of Factory habitués getting their hair cut by artist Billy Name.

October 27, 2011 %u2013 7:30 p.m.
Conversations in Vermont

Conversations in Vermont

Robert Frank, U.S.A., 1969, 26 min., 16 mm.

Frank’s first foray into autobiographical filmmaking tells the story of his relationship with his two teenage children, Pablo and Andrea. By filming his attempts to communicate with the teenagers Frank tries to tell a larger story of their relationship.

 

shinjuku 1973, 25 pm

shinjuku 1973, 25 pm

Daido Moriyama, Japan, 1973, 1973/2006, 16:53 min., 8 mm DVD transfer.

shinjuku 1973, 25pm was commissioned by the Shinjuku (Tokyo) electoral district as a promotional film, but the work submitted by Japanese master Daido Moriyama was deemed unusable. No surprise: the many sequences spliced together in this film all bear the stamp of Moriyama’s legendary experimentalism, challenging the viewer with deliberately out-of-focus, manipulated, under- or overexposed, and alternately positive and negative images.

 

Born to film

Born to film

Danny Lyon, U.S.A./Mexico, 1982, 33 min, 16 mm.

Danny Lyon, known for his work on the Civil Rights Movement and biker gangs, here delivers a moving autobiographical examination of fathers and sons.

Face à la caméra

Face à la caméra

Michel Lamothe, Quebec, 1984, 10 min., 16 mm.

A series of figures petrified by the camera become, in Michel Lamothe’s hands, the raw materials of an exploration of what photography can do.

Fur Piece

Fur Piece

Celia Perrin Sidarous, Quebec, 2010, 1:20 min., video.

A newcomer to video, Montreal photographer Celia Perrin Sidarous creates a hybrid of photo and video in a very short film where the main action is a moving ray of sunlight.

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