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FILM CINEMAS Iain Sinclair – London’s Lost Cinemas [LRB]


Regent Street Cinema

“Described as ‘the birthplace of British Cinema’, it hosted the Lumiere brothers’ first demonstration of their cinematography and was also the site of the first photographic studio in Europe (Dickens himself had a portrait taken here in 1841)” {from: Now.There.This – Time Out Blog}

….the only reliable measure of time is the partial recall of films we have experienced.

– Ian Sinclair

A book out > 70×70: unlicensed preaching: a life unpacked In 70 films. Volcano Publishing (23 Oct 2014).

If you’re interested in psychogeography you’re interested in wiki:Iain Sinclair.


‘When in doubt, quote Ballard’: An interview with Iain Sinclair

October 31, 2014 Posted by | Iain Sinclair | , , | Leave a comment


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p. 28 – Fox-Talbot’s photogenic negative of manuscript of stanza of Byron’s Ode to Napoleon [from Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley] [SEE also wiki:Henry Fox Talbot]

Photography and Literature


Francois Brunet

– Professor of American Art and Literature, at Paris VII University.

pp 178 / 80 photos > detailed index and bibliography

From : Exposure series on photography, reaktion books.



Having managed to get a copy of Photography and Literature in the Twentieth Century*, ed. David Cunningham, Andrew Fisher and Sas May, largely but not exclusively, for the essay by Stewart Martin on Sebald, excited to find Brunet as a e-book at Internet Archive. The home page for the book offers it up in various formats including Kindle. I’ve linked to the pdf and text versions. Easy on the eye with copious beautiful plates. If photography and literature interests you (Is‘photography the “new muse of literature” [P D Smith]. Maybe yes, maybe no.), you might be tempted to buy the book as well.

N.B. In the essays*: Memory and photography: The photo albums of Virginia Woolf, by Maggie Hamm. pp 42-51

Next on my List from the exposures series – Photography and Cinema by David Company.

October 18, 2014 Posted by | Francois Brunet, photography and literature | , , | Leave a comment

FILM Aspect Ratios [3]

FILM aspect ratio [psycho e.g.

What you need to know about Aspect Ratios and Letter-boxing

Serge Golikov in Redshark, 8 Oct 2014

This is post no. 3 on aspect ratios. It’s not as if there isn’t a wealth of info, but where is the simple fool-proof explanation with nice diagrams and photos an idiot can understand. Check out the Google image search to see other ways of explaining the same thing. The header is one in there I noticed from a post, Going Psycho Over Aspect Ratios, in Film Buff Online.

October 15, 2014 Posted by | aspect ratio | , | Leave a comment

FILM DOCUMENTARY Source Photographic Review

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Photography and Literature

5 short video/video essay documentaries in issue 75 of Source Photographic Review.



Photography and Literature in the Twentieth Century

Ed. David Cunningham, Andrew Fisher, Sas Mays [2005]

October 13, 2014 Posted by | photography and literature | | Leave a comment