Max Colson: Tales

Photojournalism MA student at the LCC

Lift – A 24 min Doc Movie

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Taryn Simon’s latest work Contraband, because I feel that not only is this a great work because of its actual content but because of the perception of the photographer in working out a particular point in space and time to focus on in order to make her point.

I discovered this amazing 24 minute documentary film called Lift recently, which uses the same technique although for a completely different end. In 2001 the film maker Marc Issacs set himself up in the elevator of a council estate (the phrase for project housing in England) in East London for 3 months and filmed whoever stepped in the space. As the time went on the residents became more familiar with him and started to reveal things about themselves which they wouldn’t have otherwise.

This 24 minutes is packed with characters and is an absolutely fascinating piece of social documentary. Highly recommended.

For those that are interested there’s a quick interview with the director which sheds some light on how he set this project up – here

Written by Max Colson

March 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

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  1. Nice find Max. Taryn Simon is also my hero. We are facebook friends too!!!!

    Veronika Lukasova

    March 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

  2. She is an absolute legend isn’t she?

    Have you met her? Bet she’s really interesting to chat to…

    Max Colson

    March 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

  3. have not met her but def admire her. maybe one day.

    Veronika Lukasova

    March 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm

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