The big­ger pic­ture

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When artist Ja­son Shul­man de­cided to cap­ture sev­eral hours of flm in one long-ex­po­sure pho­to­graph, he ex­pected the re­sult to be a messy brown blur. He frst tried out the idea six years ago, with tele­vi­sion footage of Septem­ber 11. The images were in­trigu­ing, and he be­gan to won­der what a whole movie would look like. He shot 400 flms in a year, us­ing a hi-res mon­i­tor and ‘a very big cam­era’, pro­cess­ing the pic­tures, al­ter­ing bright­ness and con­trast but not hue, and print­ing them on to ‘lu­di­crously smooth’ pa­per, us­ing a very sat­u­rated colour-print­ing process. The re­sults are ex­tra­or­di­nary, dis­till­ing the essence of each flm in a way that is pro­found and un­pre­dictable, and re­veal­ing chang­ing tech­ni­cal trends: from the scratchy ren­di­tion of Cit­i­zen Kane to the ghostly images of Un­der the Skin. Jes­samy Calkin Pho­to­graphs of Films is at The Cob un­til June 4 (cob­gallery.com). Some work will be in Day­dream­ing with Stan­ley Kubrick, from June 30 at Som­er­set House (som­er­set­house.org.uk)

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