Film Stills. Photography between Advertising, Art and the Cinema
Film stills represent both visual traces of film and their own type of photographic image. They are taken onset during filming in accordance with an elaborate procedure via which a photographer re-stages film scenes specifically for the still camera.
The Albertina is turning the spotlight on this hybrid genre for the first time in a comprehensive exhibition of 150 film stills taken between 1910 and the 1970s, thus simultaneously shedding light on a cross-section of various historical schools of photography and filmmaking such as pictorialism, expressionism, and neo-realism. Using images by regular still photographers as well as by Magnum members such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ernst Haas, three aspects of film stills as an intermedia phenomenon will be given particular attention: the interfaces between photography and film with their breaks and links, the function of stills as such, and these stills’ independent artistic value.