From stillness (In)to motion through astronomical images: The cases of jules janssen’s photographic revolver and josep comas i solà’s spectrographic cinematography

Francesco Giarrusso

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Abstract

Through the analysis of two study cases — namely, images of Venus’ transit across the Sun, registered in 1874 by Pierre J.C. Janssen’s photographic revolver, and the advent of spectro-cinematography performed for the first time by Josep Comas i Solà during the Solar eclipse of 1912 —, the present article seeks to claim and substantiate the strict correlation between photography and cinematic device, recalling what Jean Epstein has defined as “the lens philosophy”. In fact, both photographic and the cinematic apparatuses, along with the microscope and the telescope, not only surpass the physiological flaws of the human eyes, allowing us to see the non-observable, but moreover contribute to the elaboration and development of new philosophical-scientific systems about the Universe, via their images of celestial bodies. I demonstrate therefore how both of the cases under analysis delimit a specific phase of the history of astronomical images. Changes in the latter relate to the production technique and its underlying representation models, thus corroborating the role played by the astronomical image in the permanent dissolution, attenuation, and redefinition of the frontier between photographic and filmic, instantaneousness and duration, and discrete and continuous.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)29-40
Numero di pagine12
RivistaCINÉMA & CIE
Volume15
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015
Pubblicato esternamente

Keywords

  • Astronomical Imaging
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Photographic and Cinematic Technology

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