Pictures 4 Barbara

Rental Format(s): 16mm film

In this layered epistolary short, letters written between two friends, two "thought-sisters," Barbara Hammer and Barbara du Bois, are recited over images representing Hammer's current realities. Primarily through polaroids, Hammer presents snapshots illustrating the ordinariness of her front door, the tenderness of her kiss, the details within the veins of a leaf, and the brutality of police violence. Barbara and Barbara seek to explore themselves and each other through the clarity and honesty that comes from documenting and from the exchange of sharing and listening.
As Hammer films herself taking polaroids of herself, we see the photograph coming into exposure; it develops in front of the lens, posing as a metaphor for the development of a friendship, the evolution of a self, the transformation of an autumn leaf, and the elusiveness of time.
"We are to learn more of ourselves through each other, my dear," says Barabra. "So my life has changed from knowing you, from knowing me in a new way. What a joy," says Barbara.
-- Carmel Curtis, Moving Image Archivist and Curator, Indiana University

New 2019 restoration print of Pictures 4 Barbara courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

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16mm film $35.00  

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