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Paul St George
Sequences: Contemporary Chronophotography

Edited book

Wallflower Press
ISBN: 9781905674763

My research into chronophotography, and into the relationships among recorded images and the presentation of those images, has led to the commissioning of a new series of books called imagetime.

"Photography" and "moving image" are converging in an interesting place. The two were previously separated by technical issues and divisions within the institutions in which they were taught. As the two subjects converge the possibilities for interesting cross- and trans-disciplinary critiques emerge. What defines and enriches the explorer in this new territory is a fascination with images and with time. The first book of the series is published in 2007: Sequences: contemporary chronophotography. The book is a collection of essays about, what I have defined as, contemporary chronophotography. The essays are by a number of international authors and the book is internationally distributed.

For 100 years, chronophotography has been in the shadow of cinema, but now it is emerging once again in post-cinema practices, digital art and new experimental photography. Contemporary artists have found that sequences of images offer new opportunities for exploring the timeless issues such as the subject’s experience of time and space and the aesthetics that operate at the intersection of time and space.

In the book, I also use research in chronophotography to answer the question of how cinema works. For 100 years, the given answer has been "persistence of vision". For 99 years, experts have known that "persistence of vision" does not account for the illusion of continuous motion in cinema.

This research and its wide dissemination are helping to provide a scholarly context for a re-evaluation of images that engage with "time" and "duration". This, in turn, is leading to a re-evaluation of the academic domains that have these images as their texts.

Contributing authors include Al Rees, Charlie Gere, Curt Cloninger, Helen Cadwallader, Michael Mazière, Uriel Orlow and Werner Nekes.

Sequences: Contemporary Chronophotography - Introduction

related outcomes:
Paul St George: Sequences
Ian Robertson: Rufus Butler Seder and Darren Almond

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