American artist Charles Atlas is a known pioneer in developing media-dance, also called 'dance for the camera'; merging the camera medium and performative arts into a hybrid. His known collaboration with Merce Cunningham from 1975 to 1981 had him create 10 dance films.
Atlas' 40-year career as a filmmaker and video artist often had him exploring the relationships between visual art, dance, music, theater, and television. His experimental narratives from the 1980's fused fiction and documentary approach to stylized portraiture of urban subcultures.
In his trilogy "The Illusion of Democracy (2008-2012)", Atlas moved away from the human body and focused on numerical figures, animating and contracting the universe with 6 digits. The six numbers are his protagonists, and they are choreographed via installation. Atlas' aim is to push the limits of the numerical figures, in light of the society highly relying on algorithms and technology.
In the digital age, image-making has become easier. But for a photographer to grow, he's obliged to try out unfamiliar and strange things and methods. That's what photographer Neto Macedo likes to do with his photography, but only in the analogue grind.
The beauty of language is the variance of meanings and words that are exclusive to a culture. Some things, feelings, and circumstances hold more weight and nuance. It''s why, through Lomographs, we define those words.
Photographer Pauline Caplet likes to photograph with depth and simplicity, and to achieve this, she channels a timeless aesthetic for portraiture with the help of the Petzval 85 and Petzval 58 Art Lenses.
Cambridge based photographer Maya Beano shoots using 35mm film and manages to capture beautiful tones and textures within her work. We lent her a Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens to test out with some film.