Phillip French, The Observer, says of this amazing sensorama:
“Shot in 70mm over a period of five years in 25 countries by Ron Fricke, the man who photographed Koyaanisqatsi and directedChronos and Baraka, this is a compilation, or collage, of beautiful and striking images put together for suggestive and meditative effect. There is no commentary but there is music, some specially commissioned, and a “concept” devised by Fricke and producer/co-editor/co-writer Mark Magidson, turning on a variety of opposites – growth/decay, wonder/disgust, tradition/rootlessness, purpose/futility, faith/disbelief. Much of the stop-motion or undercranked camerawork is designed to make crowds into seething anthills and to emphasise the absurdity of repetitive work, and it’s rather trying. Still, there are so many remarkable images that there is something every few seconds to provoke or please.”
For those of you who haven’t yet seen Koyaanisqatsi, there’s a chance to experience it under the canopy of the cosmos, lying out at Hyde Park Lido, on Friday Sept 14th. Click here to find out more.