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Unformatted text preview: LECTURE 10 OUTLINES Lecture 10: Motion Photography 3/5/2008 Announcements:-Visual Analysis Paper is due on Friday-The Hours of the Mongan Center are officially 2-4-Extensions- Ask Kelsey but cc TF; he is not a fan of extensions-Make-up Midterm for senior theses writers but not for those who just have a lot of midterms that week Outline:-Motion Photography (also called Chronophotography)-Three Motivations (try to keep these motivations separate)-All three of the motivations behind motion photography attempted to reduce motion to the instant. At a certain point in the process of capturing the photograph, various ways had to reduce it to the instant (i.e reducing shutter speed, reducing exposure time, etc.). -This new genre of photography really got started in the late 18th century and early 19th century. 1. Seeing motion as a series of instants-Some photographers attempted to depict the phases of motion (i.e. Edward Muybridge).-Slide #2- Galloping Horse by Edward Muybridge is a wonderful example of work that represents motivation 1 and it is about the physical mechanics of motion. 2. Mapping motion as a function of time and space-Some photographers (i.e. Etienne Jules Marey) attempted to understand the precise relationship between motion and time. This does not necessarily require a visual representation because other forms of representation could be utilized to show the relationship between the body’s motion and time. 3. Producing an illusion of motion-Other photographers were concerned with the mechanics but not of motion so much but rather human vision. This motivation relied on the mechanics of human vision and the retinal action image. Two Strategies-Motion photography and the invention of the leyden jar allowed for an exchange between ordinary vision and instantaneous vision. Instantaneous vision was assumed to be more real and truthful to what is happening in the world. The instantaneous vision was considered a privileged form of vision that allowed reality to be seen better.-The quest of the photographic instant goes back to the early years of photography. For instance, various practitioners worked on making exposure times reduced.-There were two routes to reducing photography down to the instant. -Decreasing exposure time to ordinary light conditions-Developing a mechanical shutter that could take advantage of a quicker chemical reaction. -The photographs that we looked at from the mid-19th century photographs required a lot of time because these cameras required taking out the lens cap and putting it back in and other timely processes. -In order to photographs under regular conditions (like without people staying still for longs periods of time) a faster film exposure time and a faster mechanical shutter was required....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course HAA Lit B-24 taught by Professor Kelsey during the Spring '08 term at Harvard.
- Spring '08
- The Land