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REALTIME: Miyanaga Akira, Daniel Crooks: Parabolic

18 Mar 2017
REALTIME: Miyanaga Akira, NGV International 18 Nov - 30 Apr 2017 Daniel Crooks: Parabolic, Anna Schwartz Gallery 1 Mar - 1 Apr 2017

The growth of the large metropolitan cities of modernity occurred largely alongside the invention and proliferation of camera technologies in the nineteenth century. It is therefore not surprising that many of the earliest, and most iconic images from the histories of photography and cinema feature cities or urban environments. Think of Louis Daguerre’s Boulevard du Temple (1838) and the Lumière Brothers’ first “actuality” films, such as L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat (1895). Even the foundation story of video art involves Nam June Paik taking his newly purchased Portapak camera onto the packed streets of New York City to document the visit of Pope Paul VI in 1965 – along with all the traffic jams and urban disruptions caused.

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