ABOUT THE MOVING CAMERA PROJECT

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THE FLOATING CAMERA ARRIVES TO PARIS FOR PARISPHOTO. OCTOBER 2017

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EARLY DRIVING CAMERA PROTOTYPE MOVES THRU NEW YORK CITY. SEPTEMBER 2015

The Moving Camera project examines the everyday dynamics of water and urban life. The mechanisms are mobilized large-scale cameras, which I use to investigate the relentless nature of water cycle and the everyday rhythm of the life in the cities

Inside the darkened body of the camera, the moving image of the outside world is projected upside down on the wall opposite the lens, which is mounted on the side wall of the device. I open and close the shutter exposing light onto large-scale sheets of photographic paper, creating direct color negative photographs.

Having a mobilized camera allows a different approach towards image-making. I am inside the moving camera absorbing the outside world. I am partly invisible, watching life through a ‘viewfinder’ – the side window. I am an intrinsic part of the machine; the camera and I are one. I replace my subjectivity with the photosensitive material and the process takes on a life of its own.

Even before the invention of the digital sensor, the photo negative was in the shadows, a private master from which the public photographic print was made. The almost forgotten negative is resurrected in this series of surreal photographs.

'Every city has its own Genius Loci, the spirit of place,
and every place has its own Zeitgeist, the spirit of time.'

About the moving camera in the city:
The photographs are mostly void of the architecture and the human figures that we are accustomed to seeing in a cityscape; instead they suggest a certain animated energy that can often be felt, but rarely seen. These color paper negatives represent abstracted experience of place, they stretch the fabric of time by absorbing image after image, moment after moment, and transform it all into a single photograph.

About the moving camera on the water:
The floating camera is my photographic laboratory to investigate the relentless forces of waters [moving water landscape] and the nature of the water cycle. Everything flows: life is like a river, river is like a time.

Maciej Markowicz (1981) is a Polish photographer and designer based in Berlin and New York.
Having a long-term passion for the medium and its materials, Markowicz uses giant mobilized camera obscuras (Latin word for ‘dark room’) to explore the limits of photographic expression by exposing images directly onto large-scale sheets of color photographic paper, creating direct-negative images without film or digital technology.

Maciej Markowicz is currently looking for a gallery representation in Europe and USA. In the meantime the photographs from the Moving Camera series are available for purchase directly from the artist.

For any inquiries, please contact Maciej at info@maciejmarkowicz.com


PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS of THE MOVING CAMERA PROJECT