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Theater & art

Photography Review

Beyond the blur, through the smoke, out of the past

It’s rarely a good sign when an art review begins with a technical explanation of how the art was made. If the art doesn’t speak for itself, what it has to say usually isn’t worth hearing — let alone worth looking at. That’s not the case with “Kontinuum: Photographs by Adam Magyar.” It runs at the Griffin Museum of Photography through Dec. 8, as do two smaller shows, “The Burn: Photographs by Jane Fulton Alt” and “Time Spent That Might Otherwise Be Forgotten: Photographs by Diane Meyer.”

Magyar, a Hungarian who lives in Berlin, uses slit-screen camera technology, which takes multiple image slivers, separated only by fractions of a second. Those multitudinous sliver scans are then configured into a single image and printed as a physical photograph. Magyar has created his own drivers and software to come up with his “constructed images.”

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