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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
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Film and visual culture
A Palme d’Or-winning animation toys with the way our eyes perceive light
How a self-taught autistic artist mines creativity from life’s endless variations
Nature and landscape
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Witness the majesty of moths taking flight at 6,000 frames per second
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Animals and humans
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