For most of my life I have been waiting for something really new and adventurous coming out of photography, and I am nearly 60 now, and it never really happened.
Early photography was used as an inspiration for painters to stretch the rules of classical composition conventions. Later, we see photography imitating painting.
There were moments of hope. When I first heard about holography I was excited, but when I saw my first holograms I was thoroughly disappointed. It seemed that the technicians who made these images had little or no affection with art.
The hologram was invented to show us the third dimension, and it didn’t pan out. Not for art. It did a great deal of good for tourist shops, though. And for official documents to prove authenticity, of course.
Now my eye was drawn to the works of Adam Magyar who in his very original way with a self constructed camera was attacking the fourth dimension: time.
Strictly speaking, his works do not really belong to photography, nor to videography, yet his works scream photography in every aspect of dealing with light, scenery and composition.
For an in-depth article about Magyar’s work, please read: Einstein’s Camera or visit the artist’s website, or even better: do both.
Below are three videos that will give you an impression of his work.
Adam Magyar – Stainless, 42 Street (excerpt) from Adam Magyar on Vimeo.
Adam Magyar – Stainless, Alexanderplatz (excerpt), 2011 from Adam Magyar on Vimeo.
Adam Magyar: Urban Flow from Matter on Vimeo.