Andamento lento

Adam Grossman Cohen

The photographs in this exhibition are frames from Super 8 films shot in Napoli in 1996 and 2000.


“I was born in New York, in Manhattan. My first memories are in darkness, looking up, skyscrapers above… me below at 3, in that city. To this day I remember the canyon streets, how it felt then and even now, like walking in a dream, both distant and brutally real. My father was the photographer Sid Grossman and he died when I was 2 years old. My mother told me much later how then, 4 years old and walking alone with her, I looked up at the sky, high above and said, ‘mom look, the stars are broken’. They still are. Years later after studying painting, I returned, picked up a camera and I found myself again shooting street photographs, but in the subways. It was a dark beautiful subterranean world, but then something was missing, I wanted more. I started shooting Super-8 movie film, using my camera in the streets like a Leica. I made films in cities, but concentrating on parts that were about to vanish. In NYC, Lodz, Havana and Barcelona. Making my films Blind Grace and Fire of Time. I was content for a while, but then I couldn’t move forward. I began going thru film from the ‘past’ and realized it wasn’t truly past. Winding/rewinding the old Super-8 footage on the moviola, stopping on individual frames, the flickering moving images on the screen becoming still again, direct and innocent as old silent film; going home, back to the source. The search for ephemeral fragments in the long flow of moving images. Merging past, present, future, recapturing time; making motion/pictures”. (A.G.C.)