Huge thanks to Marta Sesé for reaching out and selecting Jonathan’s work to be included in this fabulous edition. This was a great opportunity to revisit some of his earlier work within my archives and see how fresh perspectives may be drawn alongside the other wonderful artists.
A popular phrase in the Spanish-speaking world, “El movimiento se demuestra andando” (“Movement is shown by walking”) is not exactly true because there are many differing views on the concept of movement. In Issue 89 of EXIT we take a look at some names – some of them very well established, some of them new – and provide examples of how photography strives to emerge from a state of motionlessness without moving, without ceasing to be a photograph. People, landscapes, the sky, the sea, nature, the city… Photography and photographers go to great lengths to subtly reveal the latent movement of life, of the world.
EXIT 89 Motion brings together the work of fifteen photographers who, from different perspectives, are representative of the theme. The central text, signed by the curator Carlos Gollonet, proposes a brief, but very well documented, history of the relationship between photography and movement. This writing exercise is illustrated through the work of highly prestigious photographers, including Etienne-Jules Marey, Duane Michals, Nicholas Nixon and Eadweard J. Muybridge, among others. In the dossiers section, we present the work of eight photographers. Greg Anthon, Sanna Kannisto and Yuki Onodera use the same motif —birds— to investigate the link between photography and movement; all of them, despite sharing the theme, have completely different approaches. Hans-Christian Schink’s photographs, taken using long exposure methods, try to capture the apparent movement of the Sun, which is nothing more than the Earth’s own rotation. Corinne Vionnet and Michael Wesely attend to the movement of the crowd, also through different techniques and conceptual approaches. Ricardo Sánchez inserts himself into the bullfighting tradition to explore the movement of the animal and man in this practice. Lastly, Jonathan Shaw, who, up to now, has devoted a good part of his career to exploring the possibilities of movement in photography, presents some of his previously unpublished work which focused on basketball and ballet.
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