Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Walk the Walk

Here's a short example of Robert Kramer's cinematography, from Walk the Walk (1996). I'm pretty sure Kramer operates the camera for most of the shooting of his films. In his cinematographic style one can see the soul of a photographer, starting always from the primacy of the first-person image, of shooting film as "looking" (as Paul McIsaac calls it in Dear Doc). What separates Kramer from other "looker"-filmmakers is his lack of the egocentric will to self-exposure. Kramer starts from the personal-visual element, but always manages to weave these aestheticized tidbits of experience into a grand narrative which transcends his personal individualism.

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