Jason Shulman: Fantasia (1940)

Work / Photography

Jason Shulman captures entire movies in a single image

London-based sculptor Jason Shulman has captured a range of classic films including Fantasia, Citizen Kane and 2001: A Space Odyssey in a single image. “There are roughly 130,000 frames in a 90 minute film,” says the artist. “Every frame of each film is recorded in these photographs. You could take all these frames and shuffle them like a deck of cards, and no matter what the shuffle, you would end up with the same image I have arrived at. Each of these photographs is the genetic code of a film – its visual DNA.”

The resulting images are textural blurs, some vibrant and luminous others a gloomy set of shadows. In photographs such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window ghostly figures can be made out. “You can actually see Kimmy Stewart in his wheelchair against the fragmented lines of window frames,” says Jason.

The new work, Photographs Of Films will be on display at The Cob Gallery from 12 May.


Jason Shulman: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


Jason Shulman: Citizen Kane (1941)


Jason Shulman: Guided Muscle (1955)


Jason Shulman: Rear Window (1954)


Jason Shulman: The Wizard of Oz (1939)


Jason Shulman: Under the Skin (2013)