Long Exposure Artists

A collection of artists/scientists whose work depicts motion in novel ways.


Étienne-Jules Marey, French chronophotographer.
Pelican Study (1882)

Marey inspired Muybridge, and a generation of artists. Marey, not Muybridge, should be heralded as the man who “…fired the starting pistol on the Twentieth Century”.


Eadweard Muybridge, photographer.
Female, Turning around in surprise and running away. (c.1887)

When a horse trots are all four hooves ever off the ground at the same time?



Harold Edgerton, Electrical engineer.
Tennis Player (c.1930s)

Edgerton also took the world famous photographs of a frozen drop of milk, a bullet piercing an apple and balloons exploding. He achieved his long exposure results using high speed strobe photography.

balla1.jpg Giacomo Balla, Futurist.
Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash (1912)

Umberto Boccioni, Futurist.
Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913)

” …we synthesize every moment (time, place, form, color-tone)”

Anton Bragaglia, Photodynamist.
Violonchelista (1913)

Long exposure photography movement briefly in the Futurist’s stable. More images can be found in the post on Photodynamism


Myron Krueger, Computer Artist.
Videospace (1970s)

Pioneer in Virtual Reality Art, hugely underappreciated.


David Rokeby, Media Installation Artist.
Seen (2002)

“…every pedestrian and pigeon on Piazza San Marco left a trace.”


Dan Collins, Sculptor.
Of More Than Two Minds (1994)

Professor of Intermedia within the School of Art at Arizona State University and Co-Director of the PRISM lab – an interdisciplinary 3D modeling and rapid prototyping facility.


Paul Higham, Virtual Sculptor.
ADA (2003) Laser-sintered rapid prototyped in polycarbonate powder.

“In harnessing REAL TIME COMPUTATION the work self-generates, evidences and evolves under its own complexity…”

mann.jpg Geoffrey Mann, Product Artist.
Flight Series, Bird Landing (2006)

I borrowed the term Long Exposure Sculpture from Mann. It turned out to be the simplest understandable explanation of the project.

sugimoto.jpg Hiroshi Sugimoto, Photographer.
Ohio Theater, Ohio (1980)

Sugimoto’s Theatres series involved photographing old American movie palaces, exposing the film for the duration of the entire film. The luminescent screen & the architectural details and seats of the theatre are the only subjects in the photographs … an attempt to reveal time in photography.


Atta Kim, Photographer.
Sex Series (2003)

Photograph of a couple making love for one hour.


Wu Chi-Tsung, Artist.
Long Time Exposed Landscape (2006)

Chi-Tsung builds his own cameras to make 24 hour exposures.


Jonathan Shaw, Photographer.
Cover of Tim[o]tion (2004)

Shaw also builds his own motion cameras.


Jim Campbell, Digital Artist.
Illuminated Average #1 Hitchcock’s Psycho (2000)

Averaged over 1 hour, 50 minutes (entire film)


Jason Salavon, Digital Artist.
117 Homes for Sale, Chicagoland (2001)

Takes data from existing images/films/whatever and uses it to create new images/films/whatever which may or may not say anything about the original material, but nethertheless have a certain discreet charm.


Idris Khan, Artist.
Rising Series… After Eadweard Muybridge ‘Human and Animal Locomotion’ (2005)

Averages out other artists’ works of art.

fiore.jpg Rosemarie Fiore, Artist.
Tempest 1 (2001)

Long exposure video games. Tempest was a particularily abstract game.

laric.jpg Oliver Laric, Digital Artist.
Aircondition Video (2006)

Still from a YouTube video where Laric has used a video ‘trace’ function. Played backwards.


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