The artist and film maker James Benning (born in 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; lives in Val Verde, California) is a careful observer. His films, which track the extraordinary in daily life using long shots, are marked by precision and calm, offering views of (American) modes of life, landscapes, as well as natural and human phenomena. James Benning’s role is that of eye-witness. His observations would seem almost documentary-like were it not for the mathematical precision that becomes clear when we examine his films. The image detail—mostly from a central perspective—is always perfectly balanced, the play between image and soundtrack is exact, the motive captured at the right moment by the camera.
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