Cinemagraphs: Photos Come to Life

By Mike Rivera

Mar 5, 2014 4:20pm

Husband-wife team Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg forged and coined the cinemagraph as a medium. Beginning as an idea, unlike the average GIF, the cinemagraph is set up and shot with a cinema camera and subsequently processed to create a cinematographic effect that blends motion and still life.

All works © Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg 

Anna700 Cinemagraphs: Photos Come to Life

Anna Wintour, 2011

“Cinemagraphs are a living photograph – we use motion to tell a story, express an emotion or illuminate a scene in a way that harnesses the permanence of photography and transience of video. Our process begins with an idea, which we sketch out, set up and then shoot with a cinema camera and, finally, bring the footage into the computer for post processing to achieve the cinemagraph effect we desire, freezing some elements and keeping others in motion in a seamless loop. We feel that cinemagraphs are a whole new medium of photography and we’re just beginning to explore all the possibilities.”

- Kevin Burg

Bethesda700 Cinemagraphs: Photos Come to Life

Bethesda Fountain, 2013

Coco700 Cinemagraphs: Photos Come to Life

Coco Rocha, 2011

Coffee700 Cinemagraphs: Photos Come to Life

Morning, 2013

Autumn700 Cinemagraphs: Photos Come to Life

Central Park, 2013

Emily700 Cinemagraphs: Photos Come to Life

Emily Ratajkowski, 2014

Grace700 Cinemagraphs: Photos Come to Life

Grace Coddington, 2012

Lincoln700 Cinemagraphs: Photos Come to Life

He Loves Me, 2012

Newspaper700 Cinemagraphs: Photos Come to Life

Madison Square Park, 2011

Oz700 Cinemagraphs: Photos Come to Life

Return to Oz, 2013

Prabal700 Cinemagraphs: Photos Come to Life

Prabal Gurung, 2011

Safari700 Cinemagraphs: Photos Come to Life

South Africa, 2012

 

For more of Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg’s cinemagraphs and other work see http://annstreetstudio.com.

All images are courtesy of Pictures of the Year International. For more featured photography curated by ABC News’ photo editors, and at Picture This, the ABC News photography blog.

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