90 Minutes in One Single Shot
For his series Photographs of Films London based artist Jason Shulman sets up his camera in front of the computer. He then captures classic movies with one single ultra-long exposure. The resulting photographs become impressionistic pieces that can be quite revealing.
JS: “The images vary so wildly, that’s the remarkable thing about it […] and they’re also quite didactic. You can learn something about the director’s style from this kind of kooky translation: you can learn that Hitchcock deals with people, for example, Kubrick deals with composition, Bergman deals with… I mean lots of Bergman films are kind of moody and psychological, much more so than other films. So it’s odd that in one exposure all of these things, although very subjective, kind of come through.” JS: ‘There are roughly 130,000 frames in a 90 minute film and every frame of each film is recorded in these photographs. You could take all these frames and shuffle e them like a deck of cards, and no matter the shuffle, you would end up with the same image I have arrived at. Each of these photographs is the genetic code of a film – its visual DNA.’