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The Unseen Seen by Reiner Riedler Evokes Memories of Classic Movies

By: Meghan Young - Published: Apr 24, 2013 • References: photography.at and theverge
The Unseen Seen is a photo series that captures a part of the movie experience that few are privy to. It is comprised of stark portraits of film reels. As the movie industry moves closer to an all-digital medium, this series provides a nostalgic nod to traditional film production.

Shot by Austrian photographer Reiner Riedler, The Unseen Seen series grants people a glimpse into the archives of major film museum Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin, Germany. From Ridley Scott's 'Alien' to Orson Welles' 'Citizen Kane,' the film reels are as unique and colorful as the movies they hold. Each of their characteristics were accentuated by a set of bright lights placed behind them.

Riedler writes about The Unseen Seen, "The concept is to confront the viewer with the image of an object (filmrolls) and in doing so recall images from the spectator’s memory."