Still Photography and the Moving Image
DATE: Wednesday, May 2; TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM; SPRING 2012
Inspired by the photographic essay, photographer/filmmaker Laurence Salzmann will present his model for filmmaking, using examples from his previous projects. Of interest to both filmmakers and photographers, Salzmann’s approach borrows methods from his previous study with legendary filmmakers Tim Asch, John Marshall and folklorist Alan Lomax, to tell visually stunning and compelling narratives from often-overlooked communities.
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On Monday, April 30, 8:00PM @ International House, Laurence Salzmann presents his film Échele Ganas, about the people, history and culture of Tonalapa, a village in the northern region of the state of Puebla, Mexico. MORE INFO
Presented in partnership with Philadelphia's Magic Gardens and as part of De Pueblo a Pueblo (From Town to Town), an eight-week celebration in Spring 2012 that will honor our local Mexican community by promoting greater understanding of traditional arts, language, and history of our southern neighbors. The citywide festival will connect this growing population and their customs with a broader Philadelphia audience. MORE INFO
INSTRUCTOR: Laurence Salzmann is a native of Philadelphia who has worked as a photographer/ filmmaker since the early 1960's. His projects document the lives of little known groups in America and abroad. He looks at the lives of people ranging from occupants of single room occupancy hotels in New York City to transhumant shepherds in Transylvania, residents of a Mexican village, and Philadelphia Mummers. His photographic study of a nearly extinct Jewish community in Romania was published as The Last Jews of Radauti by Dial/Doubleday in 1983, with text by Ayse Gürsan-Salzmann. His most recent work in Mexico is soon to be published in book form by Blue Flower Press under the title: Échele Ganas - Do Your Best. Copies should be available at Salzmann's workshop.
Salzmann's photographic method is deeply informed by his background in anthropology and involves long term participation in and observation of groups or events. His work illustrates how lives and events are shaped by the environments and conditions in which people live. http://www.laurencesalzmann.com/