SHINICHI MARUYAMA

Elegant and mysterious images of a dancer in motion

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Nude is a series of nine elegant and mysterious images of a dancer in motion that contradict the notion of a photograph as a single moment of stopped time, made by Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama.

These images are comprised of thousands of individual frames layered together.  Collaborating with the choreographer Jessica Lang, Maruyama has created images of movement and the human figure without a beginning or end.  The inspiration comes from Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, 1912.  A painting which “ended all painting,” Duchamp envisioned a scene enacted over time—a construction of multiple frames of a figure walking down a staircase.

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