Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Camera Obscura: Tim's Vermeer

I'm looking forward to the new year and the wealth of new films that are promised (I have a not-so-secret interest in film, for which I write a separate blog).

One of these films that has recently come to my attention is a documentary. Tim's Vermeer looks like an entertaining story about an American graphics designer who'd like to apply his expertise to the re-creation of the art of Johannes Vermeer, the 17th century Dutch master. Below is the trailer and with it, a companion piece that anyone with even a passing interest in the film, or in painting and photography, should seek out, a BBC documentary about the use of the camera obscura, Secret Knowledge, made by David Hockney almost ten years ago following his own discoveries on the subject - indeed, Tim Jenison speaks to Hockney in his own film.