Silent World: An Apocalyptic Photo Series

Silent World: An Apocalyptic Photo Series

Photography by: Lucie & Simon, Paris

Silent World is an engrossing short film comprised of an apocalyptic series of photographs by Paris-based filmmakers/photographers Lucie & Simon, set to the music of Philip Glass and Daft Punk. When you think of ghost towns, your mind doesn’t typically gravitate to New York City, Paris or Beijing. Yet that’s what these teeming cities have become in the hands of Lucie & Simon.

Lucie & Simon have used a digital scalpel and a special filter to remove humans from the city landscapes. They have left just enough evidence of our species’ presence, a lone woman in a blood-red coat in Madison Square Garden or a hoisted flag in Tiananmen Square, to make the mysterious, mass disappearances as uncannily disturbing as possible.

Many city dwellers no doubt have dreamed of a magically emptied and peaceful metropolis. But Silent World suggests that life would not be so peaceful in a completely silent city. It’s unnatural and threatening; the uneasy feeling of being the last person on earth could build and build until one goes mad.

Silent World: An Apocalyptic Photo Series

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Helios: The Pioneering Photography of Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge, Ruins of the Church of San Domingo, Panama, 1875

Eadweard Muybridge, Ruins of a Church, Antigua, Guatemala, 1875

Eadweard Muybridge, The Ramparts, Fisherman’s Bay, South Farallon Island, 1871

Eadweard Muybridge, Lighthouse at Punta de los Reyes, Seacoast of California, 1871

Eadweard Muybridge, Bridge on the Porto Bello, Panama, 1875

Helios: The Pioneering Photography of Eadweard Muybridge

Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change is an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), which presents the first-ever retrospective examination of all aspects of artist Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering photography. Best known for his groundbreaking studies of animals and humans in motion, what a magnificent photographer Eadweard Muybridge was and what a brilliant eye he had is too often overlooked. In addition to his iconic studies of animals in motion, Muybridge (1830-1904) was also an innovative and successful landscape and survey photographer, documentary artist, inventor and war correspondent.

The works in this exhibition have been brought together from 38 different collections and include a number of Muybridge’s photographs of Yosemite Valley, images of Alaska and the Pacific coast, pictures from Panama and Guatemala and urban panoramas of San Francisco, most of which were published under the pseudonym “Helios.” The exhibition also includes examples from Muybridge’s experimental series of sequential stop-motion photographs, such as his masterpieces The Horse in Motion and Animal Locomotion.

Philip Glass: The Photographer, A Gentleman’s Honor (1983) to Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge: A Stop-Motion Animation

Photo-Gallery: Helios/The Pioneering Photography of Eadweard Muybridge

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