Still Picture films / Foto films











My top three of masterful still picture-films:
 
1  LA JETÉE (Chris Marker, 1962). See also www.chrismarker.org.
In 1966 Chris Marker made another experimental still picture film: SI J'AVAIS 4 DROMADAIRES, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbBzGN60tsY.
LA JETEE was the inspiration for TWELVE MONKEYS.
 
2 DE GEVOELIGE PLAAT (Kees Hin/ K.Schippers, 1976). See also http://www.keeshin.nl/versie2.swf.
 
3 CONTACTS (Raymond Depardon, 1990), part of a wonderful series of films about photography. Depardon visited the psychiatric hospital on the Italian island San Clemente en made photos and a documentary: SAN CLEMENTE (1982).
URL of CONTACTS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luGuHXgbHVs
URL of SAN CLEMENTE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdhzJmj03As
 
Also recommended:
 
The work of pioneer motion photographer Eadweard Muybridge is a source of inspiration for modern experimental filmmakers and artists, like George Snow (MUYBRIDGE REVISITED, 1988), SolLeWitt (MUYBRIDGE II) or Marion Faller & Hollis Frampton (VEGETABLE LOCOMOTION) and Thom Andersen Zoopraxographer - Eadweard Muybridge (VS, 1977).
 
The price of the most infamous still picture-film should go to: NOSTALGIA (Hollis Frampton, 1971), an experimental film in which some photo’s are discussed, while they are slowly burning away on a electric heating-ring. In my opinion, this film is too easy and far too pretentious.
For another and more positive opinion check the book by Rachel Moore: Hollis Frampton (Nostalgia), London: Afterall Books, 2006.
And you can see for your self: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voMDL1TgTh4.
 
Recommended reading:
1 Rossaak, Eidvind (ed), Between Stillness and Motion: Film, photography, algorithms. Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP, 2011.
2 Horak, Jan-Christopher, Making Images Move. Photographers and Avant-Garde Cinema. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.
3  Bellour, Raymond 1990, l’Entre-images: photo, cinéma, video, Paris: La Différence.
4  Delluc, L. 1920 Photogenie.
5  Moholy-Nagy, L. 1925, Malerei. Photographie. Film. München: Langen.