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Portraits In Motion (Volker Gerling in association with Aurora Nova)

By | Published on Thursday 27 August 2015

Portraits in Motion

Volker Gerling calls himself a “flipbook filmmaker”. Since 2003, the Berlin-based artist has been taking long walks, mostly in Germany, and photographing people; 36 shots in 12 seconds, on a loud and heavy Nikon F3. The black-and-white results, assembled into flipbooks, are a stunning twist on time-lapse photography. Sometimes he shoots solo portraits, at other times a mother and daughter or a trio of teenagers (wait ’til you see what happens there). For this show, Gerling stands before us with an unassuming but professorial air, telling stories and flipping through each book three times, images projected behind him. It’s a quiet but deeply moving study – the face can adopt an astonishing range of expressions in 12 seconds – punctuated by warm and genuine humour.

Summerhall, until 30 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Rebecca Jacobson]