Woman is a series of cinemagraphs that illuminates the female form and societal identity. There are few subjects more fundamental to art and photography as the portrayal of women and in an era of overdue reckoning for all women we look to a new medium of photography, the cinemagraph, as a way to see women as if being reborn before our very eyes.
The veil of what we project upon women’s bodies and their identities says more about our own predilections as participants in society than it does about who that woman truly is. In Woman we celebrate the birth of a new era for female identity and question why we externalize so many ideals onto the form of a woman beyond just beauty.
The cinemagraph is a living image, a hybrid between still and video, invented and coined by the artists in 2011, in New York, as a way to conceptually capture a living, breathing moment in time. Since its inception, cinemagraphs have blossomed into an entirely new branch of photography reaching all corners of the globe from tools for news outlets to entire music videos told through cinemagraph storytelling. Historically, photography has always been married to technological advancement and cinemagraphs are the product of that continued marriage. A completely digital medium, cinemagraphs are a celebration of our advancement in digital technology and ability to capture both photographic imagery and high quality video in the same breath.
Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck have produced cinemagraphs reaching audiences in the hundreds of millions as well as commissioned commercial work for brands such as Amazon, Samsung, Tiffany & Co., and Google.
During the day, Woman can be viewed on monitors inside the ICP Museum and during evening hours, images are literally “projected” onto the windows of the ICP Museum; they can be viewed from the sidewalk outside the Museum and are most visible after sunset. Learn more about Projected.
About the Artists
Kevin Burg is a digital artist with a background in video, design, and visual effects. In pioneering the cinemagraph Kevin has drawn from these practices to shape the medium and define various motifs and techniques.
Jamie Beck is a photographer who first picked up a camera at the age of 13 and has dedicated her entire life to the medium of photography and visual storytelling.
After running a successful commercial studio, Ann Street Studio, in New York City for nearly a decade, Burg and Beck now reside in the south of France.