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Tom Gunning on Stillness

by Brett Service

In this sequence from 'Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies' (2008), film historian Tom Gunning recounts the technical challenges of freezing and reassembling motion. As he recounts, early still photography required long exposure times, but innovations and refinements led to instantaneous photography which was deployed in the early experiments of Muybridge and Marey. Instantaneous photography subsequently makes motion photography possible by reassembling adjacent instants. In this progression, we get a sense of the role of analyzing motion that informs both still photography and motion photography. Analyzing moving objects in space, as it unfolds over intervals of time, drives technical innovation and embodies the appeal or "attraction" of these experiments for early audiences.

Picasso & Braque Go to the Movies (2008): Tom Gunning on Stillness

In 'Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies', film historian Tom Gunning recounts the technological challenges of freezing motion (with still photography) and then reassembling motion (with motion photography).

from Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies (2008)
Creator: Arne Glimcher
Distributor: Arthouse Films
Posted by Brett Service