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FILM VIDEO ESSAY How Alfred Hitchcock Blocks A Scene





FILM STILL VERTIGO from video essay




How Alfred Hitchcock Blocks A Scene


Another one of Evan Puschak’s highly polished video essays.


Aisha Harris in Slate has it down as :


If You’re a Hitchcock Nerd, This Insanely Deep Dive Into a Pivotal Vertigo Scene Is For You


Check out his video on Ansel Adams photography.



March 26, 2016 Posted by | Ansel Adams, Evan Puschak, video essay | , , , , | Leave a comment

PHOTOGRAPHER Ara Guler ~ The Eye of Istanbul




A man looks at an approaching horse cart in Istanbul’s Sehzadebasi neighbourhood



I had intended to post more on individual photographers – either who I knew about already or who were new to me – as much as on films and film subjects. Ara Guler comes into the second category.

Now is the time to catch up a bit.

This article in Middle East Eye profiles the man and includes a couple examples of his work in the text, a trailer for a documentary,  The Eye of Istanbul: The Life and Photographs of Ara Guler, and a further selection of his work in a slide show.




January 21, 2016 Posted by | Ara Guler, photographer, photography | , | Leave a comment

PHOTOGRAPHER FILM-MAKER WRITER INNOVATOR CELLIST Errol Morris








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► My theory is that deceit does not require language. To lie, you have to make a statement. You have to say something in words for it to be a lie. But deceit only requires misdirection. All it requires is the intent to have someone think something that is different from what you believe. ◄


► One of the nice things about Cambridge, Massachusetts is that ‘Baudrillard’ isn’t in the phone book. ◄







Errol Morris: Biography from his website


Wiki : Errol Morris


Famous for documentary The Thin Blue Line (1988) and


The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)


He’s written a 5-part article:


Did My Brother Invent E-Mail With Tom Van Vleck? (Part One)


Errol Morris, New York Times, 19 June 2011


If the link doesn’t work, you may have to register with NYT.


“Believing Is Seeing”: Truth, lies and photographs


–The director of “The Thin Blue Line” investigates five famous accusations of photographic fraud


Laura Miller, Salon 29 August 2011

Errol has written a book Believing Is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography)

Book review: ‘Believing Is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography)’
–Enigmatic filmmaker Errol Morris doesn’t arrive at comforting conclusions in his six essays on visual art and artifice.


Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 28August 2011


Writing:


Believing Is Seeing


Errol Morris, NYT 13 July 2008 [short]


Seven Lies About Lying (Part 1)


Errol Morris, NYT, 5 August 2009


Photography as a Weapon


Errol Morris, NYT, 11 August 2008


Cartesian Blogging, Part Three


Errol Morris, NYT, 12 November 2008 [replies to comments in Photography as a Weapon]


Recovering Reality: A Conversation with Errol Morris for the Columbia Journalism Review.


YouTube: 8 mins


Werner Herzog and Errol Morris (1 of 4)


A very shaky home video which you’d be best to treat as a radio prog. No close-ups. Just a recording of two men on a platform, wobbling and gyrating and mostly out of focus. Which I love, because here’s a person in an Audience With (so far unknown..) who admires these two men and wants to record what they say on video, but fails to live up to the two directors film skills both, while admiring their film and book talk.

Mirabile dictu, the sound quality is quite good, if a bit hissy at times. Both are clear. Two different sources, probably. The guy with the little video camera -we joke- didn’t go on to be a film-maker (in his epilogue…) and use a tripod, or chuck it and buy an anti-shake DVC. Or just learn that thing of relaxing and letting the camera float at the end of the arm.


Errol Morris #8


Describes on video an opportunity to write for The New York Times, when thought he was permanently blocked – for 40 years ! – which allowed him, in the process of writing, to develop projects that were unfinished or he thought might not come to fruition.



October 5, 2011 Posted by | Errol Morris, film directors, film documentary, photography | , | Leave a comment

A Picture You Already Know



A Picture You Already Know is an essay on photography by Sze Tsung Leong



September 2, 2008 Posted by | photography | | Leave a comment

The Great War in Colour: Albert Kahn Archive



The Great War in Colour: The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn

is a great programme, which part is part a series. {2}

For those outside the UK, this can only be watched BBC iPlayer for a while, though if you download with the BBC download software (which you first have to download), you have a month.

February 2, 2008 Posted by | photography, World War I | , , , | Leave a comment