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Adam Magyar

Urban Flow

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In this film, photographer Adam Magyar shows us how interesting such a scientific, calculated process can result in something aesthetically appealing and curious to look at. Magyar explains his unique technique used on his project, “Urban Flow” and even though the work of a loop or logarithm that reads pixels seems dispassionate and perhaps 'uncreative', Magyar’s images invoke a sense of intense desire to know and fascination. Using split-scan technique, Magyar records a fraction of a moment through a wide slit several hundred times per second. After recording time and space, he aligns the slices respectively, side by side, resulting in the actual passing of time visually on a photograph, as viewed from right to left: photographs serving as time capsules for a series of events in time. Masterfully, Magyar uses photography to explore the nature of space, time and perception. At one level, his images are uncomplicated, at another, deeper level, they compel the viewer to ponder such questions as "What is time?", "What is space?" and "What is real?", questions that initiate us to think visually.