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Photography and Cinema

50 Years of Chris Marker’s La Jetée

Editor(s): Margarida Medeiros, Teresa Mendes Flores, Joana Cunha Leal
Contributors: Emi Koide, Maria Irene Aparicio, Spring Ulmer, Ana Cabral Martins, Joana Bicaoro, Eben Wood, Eduarda Neves,

Book Description

Eclecticism seems to be one of the most recognized features of Chris Marker’s work.

He is often presented as a filmmaker and a photographer, a poet, a translator, a cartoonist, a visual artist, an editor, a software designer and a television and video director. Given the 50 years since the release of his most well-known film, La Jetée (1963), this volume fosters discussion of the intertwining of photography and cinema within a framework that analyses Marker’s influence in film and photography’s scholarship.

In the last ten years, many books have been published on the subjects of photography and cinema, discussing not only the history of both media, but also the transformations they have undergone through digital revolution that came to blur the frontiers between them. Furthermore, the theory of photography has been raised to a new level, presenting new and fresh thinking, raised through innovative philosophical, historical and cultural approaches, as well as through the recognition of the importance and impact that photography and cinema, as documentary media, have had in the field of modern and contemporary art.

Acknowledging this rich context, this book builds on recent research on photography and cinema, recognizing how digital technology has brought about new ways of working with images, in addition to raising new theoretical issues concerned with them. No author could be more stimulating and inspiring than Marker to start such a journey; his movies, La Jetée in particular, have consistently been a source of inspiration to future generations of directors, as well as critics and scholars.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7201-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7201-6
Date of Publication: 01/03/2015
Pages / Size: 340 / A5
Price: £52.99


Margarida Medeiros is Assistant Professor of Visual Culture and the History of the Image in the Department of Communication Sciences at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL). She is an integrated member of the research center Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Linguagens (CECL), and has published several books on photography criticism and history, including A Última Imagem (2012), Fotografia e Verdade – Uma História de Fantasmas (2010), and Fotografia e Narcisismo – O Auto-retrato Contemporâneo (2000), as well as numerous articles in scholarly and non-scholarly journals.

Teresa Mendes Flores has a PhD and an MA in Communication Sciences, and is a researcher in photography and cinema at Centro de Investigação Media e Jornalismo (CIMJ) where she is vice-President. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow on colonial Portuguese photography, and is also Assistant Professor at the School of Communication, Architecture, Arts and Information Technologies of Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, where she teaches Photography and Visual Culture. She has published the book Cinema e Experiência Moderna (2007) and several papers in various scholarly journals.

Joana Cunha Leal is Assistant Professor at the Art History Department of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), and is a Full Member of the Art History Institute at the same university. Her main research interests are late modern art, art theory and visual culture, and she has published numerous articles on modernism and modernity. She is currently responsible for the funded project “Southern Modernisms”.