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Hollis Frampton’s Collected Writings

THE LEGACY OF HOLLIS FRAMPTON—as a filmmaker, photographer, video and computer artist, critic, and theorist of the visual media he worked in—has continued to define itself and expand in the more than two decades that have passed since his death in 1984, at the age of forty-eight. From the late ’60s to the early ’80s, Frampton created a series of films—Lemon (1969), Zorns Lemma (1970), the seven films that make up Hapax Legomena (1971–72), and the roughly two dozen works conceived as parts of his unfinished Magellan project, including Magellan at the Gates of Death (1976), Otherwise Unexplained Fires (1976), and Gloria! (1979)—that rerouted the sensibility of American avant-garde cinema. He also produced a group of essays that recall the seminal writings of Jean Epstein and Sergei Eisenstein in their bold attempt to theorize the photographer and filmmaker’s vocation and methods. Yet, for

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