Muybridge for the 3D Age

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Last night at the NARS Foundation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn was the opening reception for Through the Vortex, a show curated by my friend Mollie Flanagan, and an open studio for the artists in residence.

One of the artists there who blew our minds was Sophie Kahn. She uses a 3D scanner to photograph people’s faces and bodies. Since the process is quite slow, it also captures their movements. She then prints those 3D photographs into sculptures.

As she explained her process to my friend Eileen, who I photographed admiring one of the Kahn’s sculptures, and I, three-dimensional photography captures the body in ways that run counter to our traditions of photographic the human body. My reaction, which she affirmed, was that her work evokes the motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge for the three-dimensional age. She’s been doing this a while so she has certainly refined her work.

Speaking of Muybridge, Thom Anderson made essay film of his life back in 1975. It will be screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in mid-April.

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