Métamorphose by Frédéric Fontenoy

I can’t remember where I found these photos, but Frédéric Fontenoy is kind of amazing. Made between 1988 and 1990 these photos show these amazing blurred, abstract of photos of a man, I’m guessing Fontenoy, jumping, backflipping and doing all sorts of contortions, but they’re all on one photo. I really have no idea how he did these, I can only guess he left the shutter open quite a while, but it’s pretty rad that he did these 20 years ago.

Check out more of this photos by clicking here, though some of his other work is definitely NSFW.


7 Comments Métamorphose by Frédéric Fontenoy

  1. Michael September 1, 2009 at 1:07 AM


    can’t really be the the shutter long open since the there are barely transparencies in the moving subject. i am guessing, also due to the format, for a panorama camera with a rotating lense. that works. like a noblex.
    the other possibility would be a digital scan backpack. those are quite old too and move, like the rotating lense, or…a scanner. from one side to the other.
    since these look like almost 180 degrees though i’d tip noblex.

  2. Xander September 1, 2009 at 3:01 AM

    I’d agree with Michael, in that it’s a rotating-lens panoramic camera, such as a Noblex or Horizon T…these cameras use a fixed-length lens that, instead of using a cloth shutter, pan from one side to another, passing a thin slit of light over the film plane, which itself is curved to compensate for the circular path of the lens.

    I’ve seen movement images making use of this technical difference before, but none quite as well executed as this…pretty eerie stuff.

  3. rek September 1, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    It’s like WK Interact and Chris Cunningham had a baby.

  4. Martin September 1, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Those are in deed very beutiful images, but really pretty rad is André Kertész who has done his distortion series in the 1930’s

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  7. Roger July 13, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Does the process makes these more or less interesting, you think? What if someone told us they were photoshopped?

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