Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler. Manhatta. 1921

Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler Manhatta 1921

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In 1921, Sheeler and Strand collaborated to make Manhatta, considered to be the first American avant-garde film. Inspired by Walt Whitman's poem "Mannahatta," which is quoted in one of the intertitles, the film portrays life in New York City in sixty-five nonnarrative shots. The sequences display one epic day in Lower Manhattan, beginning with a ferry approaching the city in early morning and ending with a sunset view from a skyscraper. Shot from extreme camera angles, the film captures the dynamic qualities of the new metropolis.

Gallery label from The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook, April 16, 2012–April 29, 2013.
Medium
35mm film (black and white, silent)
Duration
9 min.
Credit
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Object number
1942
Department
Film

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