Blow-Up - Antonioni's Classic Film and Photography

Author(s): Walter Moser

photographic collections | filmmaking

The 1966 cult film "Blow-Up" is not only the widely recognized, first English-language film from Michelangelo Antonioni, but can also be regarded as an excursion in photography. On a futile search for evidence of a crime he thinks he has seen, fashion photographer Thomas enlarges his pictures, pushing the envelope of the medium's boundaries. Antonioni's film, a milestone in film history, revolves around the issue of how much truth exists in perception and delves into the ways in which media reproductions can be manipulated. This publication examines "Blow-Up" from a photographic perspective, investigating in detail the photographic and art-historical stances presented in the film, as well as the genres it represents. The stylistic devices discussed range from social reportage, fashion photography and Pop art to abstract photography. In addition to film stills, works that can be seen in "Blow-Up" and photographs that illuminate the cultural context of the film, the famous, ambivalently incriminating photos are also included here. This volume demonstrates that "Blow-Up" has retained its relevance into the present day as a study of images and their multitudes of interpretations.

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Blow-Up, the 1966 cult film, can be regarded as an excursion in photography. On a futile search for evidence of a crime he thought he has seen, Thomas, a fashion photographer, enlarges his pictures, pushing the envelope of the medium's boundaries. Antonioni's milestone in film history revolves around the issue of how much truth exists in perception and inquires into the ways that media reproductions can be manipulated. This publication examines Blow-Up from a photographic perspective, investigating in detail the photographic and art-historical stances presented in the film as well as the genres it represents. The stylistic devices discussed range from social reportage and fashion photography to abstract photography - and how, incidentally, Antonioni discovers soft focus as an artistic device.
(1020 illustrations + a magnifying sheet)

$30.00(AUD)


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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9783775737371
  • : Hatje Cantz
  • : Hatje Cantz
  • : May 2014
  • : April 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Walter Moser
  • : Hardback
  • : Jun-14
  • : 224