Photography

Lewbowski Bridges Photo

When Jeff Bridges was making Starman in 1984, Karen Allen saw some of his photographs and suggested he combine them with unti photographer Sidney Baldwin’s work to create an album. He did, and continued to make those collections for different film sets, giving them away as gifts to the casts and crews along the way. Now, The International Center of Photography is celebrating Bridges’ talents behind the camera at their Infinity Awards. The New York Times spoke with Bridges for a fantastic article on his photography (and his “fickle mistress” of a camera), and one thing is clear: the guy has gotten really good at self-portraits. There’s a natural drama imbued in what he’s capturing because he has access to the deepest recesses of film sets, but even without the famous faces and iconography, he’s captured some stunningly high-contrast visuals. Here’s a sampling (from Iron Man, True Grit and Tron), but you can find far more on his personal website.

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Countdown to the End: Chronos

The Mayans, the wise race of ancients who created hot cocoa, set December 21st, 2012 as the end date of their Calendar, which the intelligent and logical amongst us know signifies the day the world will end, presumably at 12:21:12am, Mountain Time. From now until zero date, we will explore the 50 films you need to watch before the entire world perishes. We don’t have much time, so be content, be prepared, be entertained. The Film: Chronos (1985) The Plot: Filmed in 70mm IMAX, Chronos is a photographic travel to some of the most awe-inspiring locales, cultural monuments and natural formations found throughout planet Earth. Capturing some breathtaking visuals in crystal clear detail and editing the collection of long, uninterrupted stationary filming in time-lapse Director Ron Fricke takes the audience on an unforgettable exploration of some of our planet’s most intriguing sights.

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Why Watch? Because this short film is made entirely of still photographs (over 4,500 to be inexact), all of which capture the beauty of Rome and the two people falling in love because of a chance encounter. This is what happens when you’re a beautiful woman who misses a train – a gorgeous man takes you on a night-time tour of the ridiculously breathtaking city you’re in. The effect of the pictures (like a flip book or stop motion animation with humans) might be a little jarring for some, but it definitely adds to the dreaminess of the entire experience. What Will It Cost? Just 6 minutes of your time. Check out Notte Sento for yourself:

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Check out some awe-inspiring photographs featuring some of the best and brightest in the business. Actors pair up with their directors to show exactly what (this year’s) Oscars are made of.

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