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Rudy Burckhardt

Year: 1974, 29 mins
Code: CAT-Rud

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Artist, painter, photographer, film maker Rudy Burckhardt explains his aesthetic and demonstrates his techniques. Includes many film excerpts, Burckhardt's own voice, and comments by critic Faubion Bowers. Burckhardt was born in Switzerland and has worked in several media, including still photography, film, and paint.
At the time this program was produced he was experimenting with painting on images projected onto canvas. He was one of the earliest "time lapse" photographers, a technique by which processes that may take weeks or months to achieve in real time are compressed to a few minutes of film time. On this program are excerpts from his films "Pursuit of Happiness", documenting the patterns of pedestrians on a New York City street; "See Naples and..." examining ordinary moments in the life of a busy Italian city; "Haiti", images from the island nation; "Doldrums" about Jersey City, N.J.; "Trash Lives", glorifying the banality of what we leave lying on the streets; and "Caterpillar", a time-lapse view of a day-long journey by an inchworm - presented in one minute.

Rudy Burckhardt was a Swiss-American filmmaker, and photographer, known for his photographs of the hand-painted billboards that began to dominate the American landscape in the nineteen-forties and fifties.

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