Dziga Vertov The Man with the Movie Camera (Chelovek s kinoapparatom) 1929

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Vertov, a Soviet film director, redefined the medium of still and motion-picture photography through the concept of kino-glaz (cine-eye), asserting that the recording proficiency of the camera lens made it superior to the human eye. In a double image in Chelovek s kinoapparatom (Man with a Movie Camera), the eye is superimposed on the camera lens to form an indivisible apparatus fit to view, process, and convey reality, all at once. Other sequences show cinema transforming traditional craft into industrial production through the juxtaposition of a series of images: turning spools of thread are likened to the turning reels of a film projector; the cleaning of the streets is equated to the cleaning of film; sewing is compared to editing; and a hydroelectric plant that provides energy for the textile industry is linked to the power on which the cameraman and the film industry rely.

Gallery label from The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook, April 18, 2012–April 29, 2013.
Medium
35mm film (black and white, silent)
Duration
65 min.
Credit
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Object number
997
Department
Film

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