1. The Paris Film by Anja Hitzenberger & Edward Ratliff was shown as part of the DEVELOP Photo line-up for the first edition of the On Photography Online Film Festival, 9/29/13. The Festival was part of the FOTOWEEK in Holland, an initiative of FOAM and the Netherlands Photo Museum, and was organized by Barbera Brakel of Photo Affairs. opfestival.nl/

    “The Paris Film” is a visual short story inspired by the work of Argentine writer Julio Cortázar. A woman staying in a friend’s apartment in Paris has a weekly routine: every Tuesday she goes to a photobooth and takes a picture of herself. But then strange things start to happen.

    Composed of sensual, dynamic imagery and grooving, tango influenced music, “The Paris Film” is a playful mystery about dislocation and loss of identity. It’s also a visual exploration of the different ways a person can interact physically with architectural space. Finally, it’s a look at the role photographs as objects once played in our lives, and the interest we have in recording ourselves.

    “The Paris Film” was shot on location in Paris using video, super 8 and still photographs. Directed by Anja Hitzenberger & Edward Ratliff. Starring Jimena Paz with Lorena González I. and Carl Lesnor. Voice by Adriana Sananes. Cinematography by Anja Hitzenberger. Music by Edward Ratliff. Edited by Azul Arco Iris, with assistance from Nicole Vlado. Story by Anja Hitzenberger & Edward Ratliff.


    Anja Hitzenberger is a photographer, filmmaker and video artist whose work focuses on the body and its relationship to architecture and space. She travels extensively and her images often feature people from around the world.

    Her work has been shown in solo and group shows, at film festivals, and on theater stages throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Asia, as well as published internationally in magazines, books and blogs. She has received numerous grants, including a Swing Space grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, and Le Journal de la Photography awarded Anja's series "Chinese Fast Food" Portfolio of the Year 2012. She has completed residencies in Rome, Paris, Warsaw and Beijing, and she is on the faculty at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, where she teaches personal vision classes. Originally from Salzburg, Austria, she divides her time between New York and Vienna, Austria.


    Edward Ratliff is a New York City-based composer, performer and filmmaker. He has been called “a wonderfully spunky and imperturbable trumpet player” (The New York Times) and “a fine musician who possesses a clever and crafty compositional pen” (AllAboutJazz.com). He has received numerous commissions and grants for dance and theater scores and has presented his music and films at international festivals and clubs across the US, Europe, Asia and South America. His music is heard regularly in shows on HBO, Nickelodeon, the Discovery Channel, ABC Family, MTV, VH1 and more — everything from a biography of Dostoyevsky to Real Sex Xtra. He is also on the faculty at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York where he co-teaches a course on film with Anja Hitzenberger.
    This video is part of the DEVELOP Tube Photography Video Channel which can be found at DEVELOP Tube: Photography to Watch. DEVELOP Tube is an educational resource which features interviews, profiles, lectures & films about photojournalism, fine art photography & documentary photography.

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  2. Curator, writer and editor Marvin Heiferman has organized projects for institutions including the International Center of Photography; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the New Museum; the Smithsonian Institution; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His book, Photography Changes Everything (Aperture, 2012), features approximately 80 interdisciplinary texts on photography’s active role in shaping memory, history and experience, and was based on an encyclopedic online project he organized for the Smithsonian.
    Presented by the School of Visual Arts MPS Digital Photography Department.

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