Life in Slow Motion at Lincoln Center

July 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm

David Michalek, an artist and photographer, returns to the Lincoln Center Festival with an outdoor video projection guaranteed to make New Yorkers take it down a notch.

Portraits of Dramatic Time” is a series of slow-motion portraits of actors from both the stage and the screen that will be projected on the facade of the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center every evening from 8:45 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. through the end of July.

Michalek pioneered his slow-motion photography technique with “Slow Dancing,” which focused on the moving form of dancers, as part of the Lincoln Center Festival in 2007. Using high-speed cameras, about 10-15 seconds of action becomes a “glacially-paced film of 6-7 minutes in length,” according to a press release.

For this project, Michalek collaborated with screen actors like Holly Hunter, William H. Macy, Alan Rickman and Liev Schreiber; theatrical performers like Patti LuPone; and organizations like the National Theatre of the Deaf.

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