Scenes from New York circa 1940’s
Music by David Nederland – Tell Me About Oriental Philosophy
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Containing great old photographs by:
Brett Weston (originally Theodore Brett Weston; December 16, 1911, Los Angeles–January 22, 1993, Hawaii) was an American photographer. Van Deren Coke described Brett Weston as the “child genius of American photography.” He was the second of the four sons of photographer Edward Weston and Flora Chandler.
Todd Webb (September 5, 1905 – April 15, 2000) was an American photographer notable for documenting everyday life and architecture in cities such as New York, Paris as well as from the American west. His photography has been compared with Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, and the French photographer Eugène Atget. He traveled extensively during his long life and had important friendships with artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams and Harry Callahan. His life was like his photos in the sense of being seemingly simple, straightforward, but revealing complexity and depth upon a closer examination. Capturing history, his pictures often transcend the boundary between photography and artistic expression.
Enjoy the funk,
Posted in Cityscape, History, New Video, Retrospective, Scenery
Tagged antique photographs, Leo Bar, New York, NYC, Photography, Pix In Motion, United States, Video
Not much to tell about this piece, it speaks for itself, or rather swings by itself 🙂
(Check out what cocktails at nightclubs were going for…)
Enjoy the moves and great sound!
Posted in art, Dance, History, Music Video, Retrospective
Tagged antique photographs, Big Bands, Dance, Danza, Leo Bar, Music, Music Video, New York, NYC, Video
This production was developed with 1950’s and 60’s exceptional photographs of NYC and their people by Samuel Gottscho and Vivian Maier. I also used footage from Archive.org ; “NY Staten Island Ferry” from the Prelinger archives.
Music is Afro Blue by Triplexity (Nikila, SaReGaMa and Hamelin Bérengnier) @ HTTP://www.Jamendo.com Remix by Leo Bar
(You may notice artifacts and pixellation in some photos or video sequences, these were caused by enlarging small formats into HD format)
All other effects are my fault and I take credit for them 🙂
Enjoy the show,
Posted in Cityscape, History, Homage, Montage, Music Video, New Video, Retrospective, Scenery
Tagged animation, antique photographs, HDR, jazz, Landscapes, Leo Bar, Music, New York, NYC, Photography, Pix In Motion, Samuel Gottscho, United States
New York Dream from PIX IN MOTION by Leo Bar on Vimeo.
A whimsical look at NYC from some choice angles and locations. The theme revolves around dreams by park “sleepers” and their fantasies.
Special thanks to Ed Yourdon at http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourdon/ for some unusual photographs of the city and its people. Some time lapses are from stock footage. Others are pseudo time lapses, some are real 🙂
Enjoy the show,
Posted in Cityscape, Holiday, Music Video, paintings, Scenery
Tagged Aerial, animation, HDR, Leo Bar, Music, New York, NYC, Photography, Pix In Motion, United States, Video, Vimeo
Music: Tango Bar & Kiev Swing by Garry B :: https://vimeo.com/garryb; listen to his music :: http://soundcloud.com/garry-b
– The migration of tango from Argentina and Uruguay to Western and Eastern Europe –
1900 – 1920 : Tangos were mainly sung and played by small instrumental bands (fundamentally trios and quartets), until “La Orquesta Tipica” arrives on the scene, with the incorporation of the bandoneo’n. In 1907, one of the very first genuine Argentine Tangueros to visit Paris (France) was composer Angel Villoldo, who wanted to do some recording. (At the time, Paris had the best recording facilities and techniques.) In 1918, writing lyrics for the tango became all the rage with singers such as the tragic Carlos Gardel and celebrated salon orchestras like Francisco Canaro‘s giving the music a new legitimacy and acceptance. Carlos Gardel is still revered today, many decades after his death.
By 1912, dancers and musicians from Buenos Aires, traveled to Europe and the first European tango craze took place in Paris, soon followed by London, Berlin, and other capitals. Towards the end of 1913 it hit New York in the USA, and Finland.
One of the most popular ballroom dances in Europe during the 1920’s and 30’s was unquestionably the tango. This explains why this music appeared later in ghettos and concentration camps. Following a boom in Western Europe, the tango reached the east by the late 1910’s. However, as opposed to countries like France and Germany, frequently visited by Argentine Orquestas Típicas, most Eastern European countries became acquainted with the tango only through records, the radio and journals. This indirect connection may explain the character that this music developed in such regions. With increasing popularity and a new stream of local tangos, the style’s re-embodiment gradually drifted away from the South American model. Poland, which had regained its independence after the Warsaw treaty of 1919, quickly became one of the capitals of European tango at a time when most of its musicians, both in the classical and the popular scenes, were Jewish.
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Posted in Dance, History, Montage, Montevideo, Music Video, New Video, paintings, Retrospective, Tango, Video Tangos
Tagged animation, antique photographs, Argentina, art, Buenos Aires, Carlos Gardel, Dance, Danza, Folklore, Francisco Canaro, La Boca, Leo Bar, Montevideo, Music Video, New York, Orquesta Tipica, paintings, Paris, Photography, Pix In Motion, spanish, Tango, United States, Uruguay, Video
This is one more chapter in the New York City vintage collection. It concentrates on capturing the faces and expressions of the average and not so average New Yorker. Several celebrities are caught in the act while posing for the camera. Also captured in their amazement are brand new immigrants from places around the globe.
The construction of this production started with the concept of pinning the Statue of Liberty as the centerpiece and “most recognized face” of NYC. From then on I used old films and a fair amount of Vivian Maier’s candid photographs that capture the human condition so well. Some images may be slightly distorted since they had to be reformatted to comply with the 16:9 wide format.
A look at some peculiar "faces" of New York in the 1950's decade.
This short piece contains street photographs taken by Vivian Maier, an American of French and Austro-Hungarian extraction, amateur photo-bug and nanny. The photographs were discovered in a thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side in 2007. She actually appears in one sequence, taking a self portrait against a mirror or window. Many of the scenes revolve around the Statue of Liberty, presenting very unusual angles and takes. There are also famous celebrities faces caught as they were doing "their thing".
Enjoy the ride,
Music: Cool – Dave Grusin Band
Leonard Bernstein, composer. Dave Grusin, arranger.
Photographs: Vivian Maier, Leo Bar
Paintings – Poster: Gil Elvgren
Vintage Film: New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Archive.org (all in the public domain)
Posted in art, Cityscape, History, Montage, Music Video, New Video, Photomontage, Retrospective
Tagged Aerial, antique photographs, art, Leo Bar, Music, New York, NYC, Photography, Pix In Motion, portraits, Video
Fascinated by the candid photographs taken by Vivian Maier during the ’50s that were discovered in Chicago lately, I decided to make a go on a new (oldie) NYC video. As with other of my New York City oldies, I used public domain footage from Archive.org featuring the Third Avenue Elevated, torn down in the mid 50’s.
The initial concept was to make it be a ride through the city from Lower East Side to the end of the elevated railway in the Bronx, while showing people and their ethnic backgrounds as we moved on. A concept is great, but in reality it was hard to pull it off, since I lacked certain type of photographs to “paint” the story. Regardless, I thought that in the end, it represented accurately the time and space of those neighborhoods and their people. (Your comments are welcome)
Because jazz in my opinion is the music that best suits NYC in the 50’s I used “Hey Now” performed by Red Garland released on “Red Garland Revisited!” (Prestige Records, 1957).
Red Garland – Piano; Paul Chambers – Bass; Art Taylor – Drums; Kenny Burrell – Guitar.
Mixing small format film with all format stills and some digital paintings of mine was a real challenge in the making of this production. After many missteps and redoes, I finally found the combination to make it work best. (Note to myself – Do not try this type of mix and match formats too often, it takes gobs of time to assemble, render properly and sync) 😦
Enjoy the railway ride as we travel through the neighborhoods of NYC,
Posted in Cityscape, History, Montage, New Video, paintings, Photomontage, Retrospective, Scenery
Tagged antique photographs, Folklore, jazz, Leo Bar, Music, New York, paintings, Photography, Pix In Motion, portraits, Video
Posted in Cityscape, Montage, Music Video, New Video, Photomontage
Tagged Aerial, HDR, jazz, Leo Bar, Music, Music Video, New York, NYC, Photography, Pix In Motion, Video
This is another video in the sequence of old New York. I love to read, see and share about how this city evolved, from the early stages amalgamation to its glory days.
In this rendering I tried to insert as much comedy and farce as I could, without degrading the historical content. The video is not in chronological or any other order. It was assembled for artistic purposes to create the right atmosphere and tell a story of building, strife, progress, lunacy and fun.
Hope you enjoy the show,
Elements Used in this Production
Photographs: were sourced from Library of Congress and NY Public Library collections. I then proceeded to clean, size, scale and correct them for lighting, contrast. Most came from smoked glass positives and therefore are unique and fragile.
Film clips: Edison Inc., American Mutoscope and Biograph Company and Harold C. Lloyd Sr. movies.
Music: Reunion Cumbre by Astor Piazzolla with Gerry Mulligan
Posted in Cityscape, History, Montage, New Video, Photomontage, Retrospective
Tagged Aerial, animation, antique photographs, Leo Bar, Music, New York, NYC, old movies, Photography, Pix In Motion, Video