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Process Red (1966)

An experimental short film which displays the various contrasts in colors.


Hollis Frampton




An abstract short consisting of a series of quick shots, in which hands are shown doing a variety of things: peeling an egg, holding a cup, etc. Tinted pink, these shots are consistently interrupted by other black and white shots of other images. Written by Tornado_Sam

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An Abstraction in Photography
1 July 2019 | by Tornado_SamSee all my reviews

When one thinks of abstraction, they tend to think of shapes and colors, particularly blocks and circles of all different shades. While abstract like his other work, Hollis Frampton's "Process Red" takes on a different meaning of the word. This is live action not animation, that's for certain, but a rather unique form of it which goes for a more far-out dadaist look rather than focusing on one particular subject. In Frampton's film, the title color is only really the tint of the photography, and even that changes to black and white occasionally. The true theme is hands, as a series of repetitive and very brief shots flash onscreen, many of them showing hands--in and out of focus--doing different activities such as holding a cane, peeling an egg, etc. The abstraction here lies in the frantic editing style and the chaotic camerawork, not the fact that the images are unusual in what they depict. Sometimes I thought I even saw an entire person and for a quarter second, a photo of a nude female figure from the back, but everything is so quick and flashy that at times the viewer isn't certain what they're seeing. An impressively edited series of photographic abstractions, and certainly one for fans of experimental cinema.

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10 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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