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Diego Kuffer is in transit

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Posted by Mark Sinclair, 9 December 2010, 15:05    Permalink    Comments (7)

Detail from In Transit 4 by Diego Kuffer

Brazilian photographer Diego Kuffer takes the concept of photomontage to another level in his series, In Transit...

Recently posted to his website (and noted on BoingBoing), Kuffer's pixellated-looking work presents several images of the same thing – be it a merry-go-round or traffic on an underpass – chopped up into a composite image.

In Transit 12

Unlike the traditional 'photomontage' technique of overlaying printed images to form a unified picture – which everyone from me to David Hockney has had a go at (why not just use a wide angle lens?) – Kuffer's creations suggest what is and isn't there in any given stretch of time. Almost like a still image of a whole film, if that were possible.

After experimenting with the medium, Kuffer explains on his website, he became frustrated at only being able to capture "instants".

"So, I decided to hack photography," he writes, "[taking] the technique behind movie making and applying it to my photos. Photographing the same instant several times, slicing and dicing the results and mixing it all together chronologically. This way I was able to capture a moment, not showing what exactly happened, but at least showing that a moment happened."

In Transit 18

While some of the images perhaps don't record the most interesting of subjects and are more concerned with capturing the 'movement' of a street scene, for example, some of the more abstract pieces are really rather beautiful.

The whole series can be viewed at

In Transit 14

In Transit 2

In Transit 4 (detail show, top)


Well they're alright, ..and it looks as if he's got Artmatic software! (Very cool imaging software actually)

'In Transit 14' is my favourite. Would look good printed large hanging in a gallery.

Paul Gillard
2010-12-10 13:43:57

Beautiful work!
2010-12-10 14:37:41

similar abstracted concept executed in paint - look for the figure in the landscape in this example
2010-12-10 14:45:10

wow, amazing work
2010-12-10 15:36:50

Similar stuff on H Campbells site too:
2010-12-14 23:53:05

Hi Paul, I did it by hand (in Photoshop). No other automation software involved.
Diego Kuffer
2010-12-15 16:49:40

When did 'by hand' mean '(in Photoshop)'? Or should that be Photoslop?
2010-12-20 05:49:07

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