Hollis William Frampton, Jr. (March 11, 1936 – March 30, 1984) was an American avant-garde filmmaker, photographer, writer, theoretician, and pioneer of digital art. He was best known for his innovative and non-linear structural films that defined the movement, including Lemon (1969), Zorns Lemma (1970) and (nostalgia) (1971), as well as his anthology book, Circles of Confusion: Film, Photography, Video: Texts, 1968-1980 (1983).
Hollis Frampton married Marcia Steinbrecher in September 1966. The couple separated in 1971 and divorced in 1974. He later married Marion Faller, a photographer whom he had met and began living with in early 1971. Together, Frampton and Faller collaborated on several series including "Vegetable Locomotion" and "False Impressions". Frampton had a stepson by Faller named Will.
Movies & TV shows
A Hollis Frampton Odyssey
An icon of the American avant-garde, Hollis Frampton made rigorous, audacious, brainy, and downright thrilling films, leaving behind a body of work that remains unparalleled. In the 1960s, having alre...
Performance piece by Frampton, recorded in 1968 with the voice of artist Michael Snow
Funtime at the Vasulkas
Jeffrey Schier and Woody show colleagues and teachers a new tool in a recording of a meeting. Woody and Schier designed a prototype device between 1976 and 1980. One of the first digital audiovisual t...
A and B in Ontario
“Hollis and I came back to Toronto on holiday in the summer of '67. We were staying at a friend's house. We worked our way through the city and eventually made it to the island. We followed each other...
More Than Meets The Eye
"...Frampton travels to the purported birthplace of the Eisensteinian model of cinema, the fairground, with its 'montage of attractions'...ambulating wide-angled portrait of the fair, its throng of pa...
Matrix [First Dream]
A film of multiple superimpositions, utilizing the images of 'Solariumagelani' and the hexagonal images that recur throughout Magellan.
In GLORIA! Frampton juxtaposes nineteenth-century concerns with contemporary forms through the interfacing of a work of early cinema with a videographic display of textual material. These two formal c...
Grand Opera: An Historical Romance
Grand Opera marks a stock-taking of Benning's work and his life, presenting a personal and artistic autobiography woven together with a series of events dealing with the historical development of the ...
"Strategy and imagery combat and aid each other in pairs. QUATERNION...a spatial figure of monumental attractions...interference...an undulating gyre. Hollis superimposes a fragmenting Muybridge-like ...
Otherwise Unexplained Fires
"Filmed in large part during H.F.'s lecture-screening tour in the bay area: visit(s) to the Musee Mechanique, Land's End, the Cliff House. The San Francisco fog is proclaimed, as also are the cypress ...
The understandable fascination with Frampton's intellect can blind one to the frequent down-home dimension of his imagery. Here, in a most rigorously formal, even mathematical procession, we see frame...
Not the First Time
"This film is composed of different and relatively commonplace subjects, but each image is a double exposure of two similar shots of the same subject, almost in the same position." The effect is amazi...
Magellan: At the Gates of Death, Part I: The Red Gate I, 0
A short film by Hollis Frampton.
Pas de Trois
An analysis of film's relationship to sexuality is based on allusions to early cinema's flicker and other aggressive qualities of the cinematic apparatus.
Ingenivm Nobis Ipsa Pvella Fecit: Part I
An experimental short by Hollis Frampton who films the female form during various activities.
Filmed in a slaughterhouse in South St. Paul, MN… Frampton utilizes a shooting strategy that flattens and pictorializes a palpable space of action that includes not only cattle (now seen hanging from ...
A little boy catches a frog in a short film.
A cow is beheaded in a short film.
Drafts and Fragments Straits of Magellan
Forty-nine fragments from Frampton's catalogue of 'actualities', the films from STRAITS OF MAGELLAN; DRAFTS AND FRAGMENTS, are all silent and unedited. In Frampton's version of DEMOLITION D'UN MUR (18...
Tree Over the Valley, Eaton
The operations that dislocate a film like Summer Solstice–I hope irreparably–from being a movie about the locomotion and eating habits of cows, a dairy farm document, or what have you, are finally of ...
The first Magellan's toys.
Shot at a steel mill, Winter Solstice is full of outpourings of fire, of smoke, of sparks, of molten metal — all erupting against an otherwise black background in an activated pictorial space.
In this short film, the camera pans across a field of flowers.
Clouds roll by in a haze.
In this short film, a pendulum swings until it stops.
The light is reflected by the rain in this short film.
In this short film, we are taken on a journey through a field of corn.
The papers flutter in the wind in this short film.
In this short film, a group of ghost-like vehicles drive by.
Frampton on Apparatus Sum: "A brief lyric film of death, which brings to equilibrium a single reactive image from a roomful of cadavers."
Hapax Legomena VII: Special Effects
“The frame itself, which divides what is present to consciousness from what is absolutely elsewhere, is tempered here by the breath, tremor, heartbeat of the perceiver. People this given space, if you...
Hapax Legomena VI: Remote Control
A summary of film's historic internal conflicts, chiefly those between narrative and metric/plastic montage, and between illusionist and graphic space.
Hapax Legomena V: Ordinary Matter
"A vision of a journey, during which the eye of the mind drives headlong through Salisbury Cloister (a monument to enclosure), Brooklyn Bridge (a monument to connection), Stonehenge (a monument to the...
Hapax Legomena II: Poetic Justice
Poetic Justice presents the viewer with an ordinary domestic scene: a stack of papers, a cup of coffee, and a potted cactus on a table. The sheets of paper compose a script that provides handwritten, ...
"In PUBLIC DOMAIN...(Frampton) recapitulates cinema's infancy in a series of direct quotes from such notable primitive works as RECORD OF A SNEEZE (FRED OTT'S SNEEZE) and SANDOW FLEXING HIS MUSCLES, t...
"After two years of massive didacticism in black-and-white [Hapax Legomena (1971-72)], I am surprised by Tiger Balm, lyrical, in color, a celebration of generative humors and principles, in homage to ...
Hapax Legomena IV: Travelling Matte
“This film metaphors an entire human life: birth, sex, death – the framing device is the fingers and palm of the maker’s hand, wherein others only attempt to read the future.” – Stan Brakhage
Hapax Legomena I: (nostalgia)
In which the off-screen voice of Michael Snow narrates a series of Frampton's photographs, as each picture catches fire on a hot plate.
Hapax Legomena III: Critical Mass
A man and a woman are living together. After disappearing for two days, the man returns and refuses to say where he is.
Zorns Lemma is a 1970 American structuralist film by Hollis Frampton. It is named after Zorn's lemma (also known as the Kuratowski–Zorn lemma), a proposition of set theory formulated by mathematician ...
Light begins to illuminate the small, nipple-like end of a lemon on the right edge of the frame and gradually spreads until the entire lemon is clearly visible. Then the light recedes across the frame...
While working at a photo lab, Frampton found that the waste at both ends of the rolls of processed film—where chemicals worked on the emulsion through clips used to attach the film to the machine—prod...
Carrots & Peas
A short film by Hollis Frampton.
There are variations on a single filmic utterance. A series of portrait shots of a group of young New York artists talking, drinking wine, laughing, smoking, informally. The individual portrait-shots ...
Black and White Film
“For Black and White Film, Huot created his own photographic imagery for the first time. After a few moments of darkness, a young woman (Sheila Raj) lowers a covering of some kind, slowly revealing he...
Inside Silo 11
Upward shot from the ground perspective of a silo
Prince Ruperts Drops
Two repetitive, banal acts - as it were from the observe and reverse of a phenakistiscope disk - were factored and expanded into a cinema filmstrip. There is a physical demonstration of extreme intern...
Works and Days
"I bought this film in a Canal Street junk shop for $1.00 and found myself in complete agreement with it. The ostensible pretext is the humane and practical discipline of making a vegetable garden (he...
Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell's classic theory about the behavior of gas molecules is represented on-screen by a man performing a series of Canadian air force exercises.
A film in three parts: a man talking while a telephone rings, a walking tour of New York, and a goldfish swimming.
1968 short by Frampton
"I began to make it when I had no money for raw stock and only several rolls of colored leader but nevertheless (had) the need to make or work on a film." -HF
Wavelength has almost no action. The film would refer to the three character scenes if it were said to have a conventional plot. Two people are talking and listening to a song on the radio. A man dies...
"No, not the United etc. but the conditions, forms in which things exist. Somewhat abstracted, a solid, a liquid and a gas: salt, milk and smoke: falling, pouring and rising are the stars of this clas...
Frampton on Information: "Hypothetical 'first film' for a synthetic tradition constructed from scratch on reasonable principles, given: 1) camera; 2) rawstock; 3) a single bare lightbulb. I admit to h...
Manual of Arms
In this "fourteen-part drill for the camera," Frampton created a portrait gallery of his art-world friends engaging in a variety of ordinary activities.
An experimental short film by Hollis Frampton of contrasting colours.