This short film, found in Contacts, Volume 1, is a fascinating video in which photographer William Klein takes us beyond his iconic images to discuss the stories revealed in his contact sheets.
The picture is taken at 1/125 of a second. What do you know of a photographer’s work? A hundred pictures? Let’s say 125. That comes out to one second. Let’s say, more like 250 photographs? That would be a rather large body of work. And that would come out to two seconds. The life of a photographer — even of a great photographer, as they say — two seconds.
It’s always awesome listening to well-known photographers talk about their work.
Remember the contact sheet art we shared a while back? Photographer Karl Baden does something similar — he creates strange contact sheet self-portraits. These images were all created back in 1980. How a roll of film is exposed needs to be carefully planned out in order to know exactly where each shot will appear on the resulting contact sheet.
Each photo is a pretty normal shot of some area of Baden’s face or hands, but when combined into a contact sheet, the resulting image is quite… unique. Read more…
The music video for Sara Bareilles’ song “King of Anything” has everything contained in Polaroids and contact sheets. The concept is pretty neat. Can you imagine how mind-boggling this video would have been if they had done it in stop-motion with individual Polaroid photos and carefully exposed film strips? That’d be epic.
Contact sheets are ordinarily used to select photographs to print, but UK-based photographer Martin Wilson’s contact sheets are masterpieces in themselves. His sheets are created by carefully capturing images on 35mm film, scanning the entire film, and then piecing the film strips together digitally into a large contact sheet.
Only when the film strips are laid side by side does the final image come together and make sense. The specific place in the roll of each image is carefully planned out, and Wilson throws out entire rolls of film if mistakes are made. Thus, a single contact sheet artwork will typically take him months to finish. Read more…