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Compiled from more than 1,000 still photographs, the Israeli-born US-based director Ynon Lan’s short film NYC Textures transforms some of New York’s most ubiquitous sights – from the city’s brick walls and subway steps to the grass and bark of Central Park – into an energetic, jazzy abstraction. Or it’s a day’s worth of brisk urban walking condensed into a minute and a half.
Director: Ynon Lan
Film and visual culture
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