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Filming with Robbie Cooper

During the past week, photographer and video artist Robbie Cooper has been filming museum visitors in preparation for his upcoming exhibition.

Robbie Cooper’s Immersion project films members of the public through the screen as they watch television, become absorbed in movies and interact with videogames.

Cooper films his models using a high-definition video camera and then picks single frames that capture people at their most natural. The missing sound of the shutter helps Cooper’s subjects to relax and forget they’re being photographed, resulting in unaware and honest portraits.

The filming started with babies and toddlers brought in by their parents to watch their own DVDs. Hot favourites included In the Night Garden, Baby Einstein and Disney’s Monsters Inc. The second half of the week was dedicated to young adults watching horror movies such as Drag Me to Hell and Saw V.

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