An anagram of ideas on art, form and film

Maya Deren


An anagram of ideas on art, form and film

An anagram of ideas on art, form and film

  • Title: An anagram of ideas on art, form and film
  • Author: Maya Deren
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Pamphlet



The following passages are excerpts from this short but important treatise on film.1c My extended analysis and criticism of the naturalistic method in art is inspired by my intimate awareness of how much the very nature of photography, than any other art form, may seduce the artist and spectator into such an esthetic.The most immediate distinction of film is the capThe following passages are excerpts from this short but important treatise on film.1c My extended analysis and criticism of the naturalistic method in art is inspired by my intimate awareness of how much the very nature of photography, than any other art form, may seduce the artist and spectator into such an esthetic.The most immediate distinction of film is the capacity of the camera to represent a given reality in its own terms, to the extent that it is accepted as a substitute proper for that reality A photograph will serve as proof of the truth of some phenomenon where either a painting or a verbal testimony would fail to carry weight In other art forms, the artist is the intermediary between reality and the instrument by which he creates his work of art But in photography, the reality passes directly through the lens of the camera to be immediately recorded on film, and this relationship may, at times, dispense with all but the most manual services of a human being, and even, under certain conditions, produce film almost untouched by human hands The position of the camera in reference to reality can be either a source of strength, as when the realism of photography is used to create an imaginative reality or it can seduce the photographer into relying upon the mechanism itself to the extent that his conscious manipulations are reduced to a minimum By some strange process of ambiguous association which most photographers are only too willing to leave uncorrected the perceptiveness and precision of a photograph is somehow understood to be an expression of the perceptiveness of the eyes of the photographer In the meantime a concern with social reality had branched off as a specific field of film activity.The first newsreels of important historical events differ from the newsreels of today only in terms again of a refined technique, but from them came the documentary film, a curious amalgamation of scientific and social concerns It is not a coincidence that Robert Flaherty, who is considered the father of the documentary film, was first an explorer, and that his motivation in carrying a camera with him was part anthropological, part social and part romantic He had discovered a world which was beyond the horizon of most men He was moved both by its pictorial and its human values and his achievement consists of recording it with sympathetic, and relative accuracy The documentary of discovery whether it records a natural, a social, or a scientific phenomenon can be of inestimable value It can bring within the reach of even the most sedentary individual a wealth of experience which would otherwise come only to the curious, the painstaking and the heroic.


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