photographed and directed by
BEGINNING TO END
ROCK ON THE WATER
25 min, 1996
LIFE ON EARTH
THE LOST SEA
"Peter Cunningham's Still Film, Life On Earth, is a rare, extraordinary and beautiful work. A visual poem that constantly surprises and challenges us to see differently, think differently, and live differently.
A complex human statement of our life and times. (and I mean every word!)"
"What Peter has done by arranging and presenting elements from his impressive archive as if they were words, is proof that photography is just as able as the greatest art in the world to teach you how to rethink everything you thought you knew."
"Peter Cunningham deepens, extends, and reinvents the multi-image projection technique. He creates a contemplative art form in his STILL FILM which plays back to us distilled images that integrate the built and natural environments to evoke a new awareness."
Documentary Producer, PBS
"If film is like the novel,
STILL FILM is poetry."
"It moved me and it has stayed with me. And I wasn't the only one, it was happening all around me. They've brought the still photograph into another realm, the realm of theater...And it's not just a gorgeous, exciting experiment, they've completed all the structures."
Children's Aid Society
"Peter can photograph garbage and make it mean something, make it be part of the whole. Life on Earth is about everything, about the whole world, and there is hope in it."
"STILL FILM, a provocative collaboration between photographer and musician, breaks new ground in the fusion of the arts. Compelling photographs suggest a moving narrative in Cunningham's strikingly original format. Penetrating text-and-image explorations subtly evoke the artist's response to the urban environment. With its musical component, STILL FILM achieves a unique synthesis as a lyrical theatrical event."
Curator, Museum of Modern Art
"STILL FILM is a generous medium: its meditative rhythms provide time and distance to view the world around us in a fresh manner. I found joy in this work: it was clear, intelligent, and belies a profound humanity."
Painter and lecturer at the Whitney Museum
"The flow and juxtaposition of sound and images in STILL FILM is haunting and extremely satisfying; Peter Cunningham is a photographer of uncommon taste and intelligence."
"Peter Cunningham, one of America's preeminent theatrical photographers has created an exhilarating, multi-screen approach to contemporary photography. It combines his earlier work with ambitious new themes, all of which is enhanced by Lisa Cunningham's evocative musical scores. STILL FILM is an imaginative leap forward by a compelling artist."
"It's the first time I felt still inside without being at the ocean."
"This is why we're going to win."
Bill Clinton's chief of staff,
Center for American Progress
Publisher, Il Foglio, Rome
"Great art that truly warmed and stimulated the heart and soul."