Presence and Absence: The Films of Michael Snow 1956-1991
(The Michael Snow Project)
Edited by Kim Shedden
With Text by Bart Testa, R. Bruce Elder, Regina Cornwell, Jonas Mekas, Steve Reich and Kathryn Elder
8vo. pp. 254. b/w illustrations. author index. paperback wrs. Toronto: The Art Gallery of Ontario & Alfred A. Knopf, .
ISBN-10: 0394281063 / ISBN-13: 9780394280163
Besides being one of Canada's most celebrated visual artists, Michael Snow is one of the premier experimental filmmakers of his time. Working within the realm of the "avant-garde," his cinematic work has influenced filmmakers as diverse as Wim Wenders, Derek Jarman, Peter Greenaway, Atom Egoyan and Martin Scorcese. Snow's "Wavelength" is one of the seminal works of cinema's avant-garde. Presence and Absence is certain to become the standard work on the films of Michael Snow. With contributions by film scholars, artists and curators, this generously illustrated volume is the most comprehensive study of Snow's films to date, and includes enlightening essays, anecdotal pieces, an annotated bibliography and filmography.