Morris Engel’s camera featured in Joel Schemowitz’s new book about filmmaking

Morris Engel’s innovative hand-made 35mm camera used for his films is featured in his former associate’s Joel Schlemowitz wonderful new book! Joel is a talented filmmaker, professor at The New School and a new father!

Experimental Filmmaking and the Motion Picture Camera is an introductory guide to experimental filmmaking, surveying the practical methods of experimental film production as well as the history, theory, and aesthetics of experimental approaches.

Author Joel Schlemowitz explains the basic mechanism of the camera before going on to discuss slow and fast motion filming, single-frame time lapse, the long take, camera movement, workings of the lens, and the use of in-camera effects such as double-exposure. A comprehensive guide to using the 16mm Bolex camera is provided. Strategies for making films edited in camera are covered. A range of equipment beyond the basic non-sync camera is surveyed. The movie diary and film portrait are examined, along with the work of a range of experimental filmmakers including Stan Brakhage, Rudy Burckhardt, Paul Clipson, Christopher Harris, Peter Hutton, Takahiko Iimura, Marie Losier, Rose Lowder, Jonas Mekas, Marie Menken, Margaret Rorison, Guy Sherwin, and Tomonari Nishikawa.

This is the ideal book for students interested in experimental and alternative modes of filmmaking. It provides invaluable insight into the history, methods, and concepts inherent to experimental uses of the camera, while providing students with a solid foundation of techniques and practices to foster their development as filmmakers.

Supplemental material, including links to films cited in the book, can be found at

Author bio
Joel Schlemowitz is an experimental filmmaker who works with 16mm film, shadowplay, magic lanterns, and stereographic media. He teaches experimental filmmaking at The New School, New York. His first feature film, 78rpm, is an experimental documentary about the gramophone and his short works have been shown at numerous film festivals including the New York Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Ann Arbor Film Festival. For more information visit

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Jason E. Hill new book artist as report about PM Newspaper

Thanks to Jason Hill for posting this page from PM today and his quote, Morris Engel and the Consolidated Sign Co. wish you all a very organized Labor Day! Another one of my father’s photo spreads from PM I don’t remember seeing.

ARTIST AS REPORTER Weegee, Ad Reinhardt and the PM News Picture by Jason E. Hill
Active from 1940 to 1948, PM was a progressive New York City daily tabloid newspaper committed to the politics of labor, social justice, and antifascism—and it priorit

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Morris Engel photograph featured in Netflix TV show “Little Fires Everywhere” March 2020

Morris Engel’s photograph, “Boys with Boombox, NYC, 1983” is included in the new show on Hulu, “Little Fires Everywhere” starring Kerry Washington (Mia) and Reese Witherspoon (Elena). Mia is a photo student in art school, and Engel’s photos are used as her own. Episode 6, 3:30min and 6:30min.
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   Morris Engel Photo, Boys with Boombox                                                        Photo montage of Boys with Boombox
                                                                 Kerry Washington’s character, Mia as a young photography student

March 5, 2020 – Fifteen year anniversary of Morris Engel’s death…

Morris passed away fifteen years ago today. I’m so glad I can continue to promote his photographs and films all these years later. Here are a few photos…
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Morris Engel included in PROOF Exhibition at Cleveland Museum of Art- February 2020

Morris Engel photos included in new group exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas – closing summer 2020

New exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas includes Morris Engel’s picture story about a Texas diary family in Buda, Texas, originally photographed for the “How America Lives” series.

Photo below: Copyright Morris Engel,
Buda, Texas. Dairy Farmer-Rylander Family, 1949, gelatin silver print, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas.

World premiere of “I NEED A RIDE TO CALIFORNIA” Morris Engel’s unreleased feature from 1968 – October 23, 2019

PREMIERE of “Morris Engel’s film I NEED A RIDE TO CALIFORNIA Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7pm at MoMA! Made 51 years ago in 1968. In color, and a film of the times…very different from earlier b/w films made in the 50s. Followed by a discussion with Anne Morra, Jake Perlin and Mary Engel.  Tickets available at


I Need a Ride to California. 1968. Written and directed by Morris Engel
I Need a Ride to California. 1968. USA. Written and directed by Morris Engel. Based on a story by Leon I. Rayphil. With Lilly Shell, Rod Perry, Greer St. John. 35mm. 83 min.

THE DOG LOVER at the Film Forum – May 19, 2019

Morris Engel’s short film THE DOG LOVER is playing as part of the “More Orphans of New York” program at the Film Forum on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 5pm and Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 2:30pm.


MORE ORPHANS OF NEW YORK Sunday, May 19, 2019- 5:10 Tuesday, May 21, 2019- 2:30
Presented by NYU cinema studies professor Dan Streible A sequel to last October’s twice-sold-out “Orphans” show/
This all-new program includes home movies show by WPIX kids’ show host in 1948; Meet Me Down at Coney…

Morris Engel included in group show at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery – 1947 Simone De Beauvoir in America


Beautiiful show at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery , 1947, Simone De Beauvoir in America which includes many APAG member archives including: Esther Bubley, Morris Engel, Sid Grossman, Saul Leiter, Fred Lyon, Wayne Miller, Rith Orkin, Art Shay, Fred Stein, Tony Vaccaro and Todd Webb.

ASAP FERG posts Morris Engel on his instagram – June 2018

One of Zac’s favorite rappers ASAP Ferg posted his grandfather, Morris Engel’s photograph yesterday on Instagram, “Boys with Shades and a Boombox, Street fair, NYC, 1970s” ASAP Ferg has 2.4 million followers and the photo has been shared by 52,000 people in one day. The power and reach of the internet and social media for a photo or for important causes is truly amazing! (Unfortunately, the photo is not credited, but hopefully, they will correct it. You can use Tineye, or reverse search to find out the photographer of a particular photo)

Boys with shades and a boombox, Street fair, NYC, 1970’s
Photo copyright MORRIS ENGEL.

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