For more than twenty years, on dozens of film sets, Jeff Bridges has perfected his own photography, shooting between takes and behind-the-scenes with a Widelux F8 camera. This fascinating, surprisingly candid body of work began as a personal project, as he recorded the arduous, emotionally intense, evanescent work of the film shoot in books that were privately printed and given as gifts to cast and crew. These are not traditional “Hollywood” pictures, but rather—despite the costumes and lighting, the crowds of extras, the stardom of the subjects—pictures of friends at work. Taken together, the pictures act as Bridges’ personal and professional diary, with actors, directors, and crew appearing as coworkers, all equal participants in the job at hand.
The photos have been comprised into a book, "Pictures," where proceeds will be donated to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a non-profit organization that offers charitable care and support to film-industry workers.
Photography has born as a scientific reproduction tool of the reality and has been the strongest and the largest medium to construct modern history of the mankind but the statut of the photographic document as lost its authority with reality in its new relation with the digital world. Since photography switch into digital era, the truth we used to attached to this medium has disappeared. There is no more negative to prove chemically and mechanically that an event has really occurred. The change of the nature of photography into an image brought deep distance between the fact itself and its representation.
Without image there is no event and any event could be built with images. Mass Consumption of images has created images to serve specific goal and to be recognized, modifying the production process from « taking » to « making » a picture. The space conquest have been focused all its energy in the construction of an heroic and mythic media exploit. Without any image of the first moon landing on the moon, nobody would have believed it…