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Jamie Beck

This black and white Cinemagraph is Jamie Beck‘s homage to McQueen after seeing the retrospective exhibition Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The catalogue for the show is a splendid affair of image and essence, capturing the fashion designer’s brilliance in as much as one can in photography and hologram.

Beck has succeeded to do so too I think in this homage. The New York based photographer has been collaborating with web designer Kevin Berg to evolve and animate his image stills. There is no sound yet there are fleeting moments. Rather than frozen in time the image is captured, held for a moment and released once more to captivate. These moving silent images speak for themselves in a poetry outside of our mainstream experience.

In some ways they remind me of the impressions made by the work of the silent motion picture, of Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 City of Lights, almost a century ago, and by the mime-artisty of Marcel Marceau; both figures in whose presence, one might think, McQueen would possibly feel at home.

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