Pictures from the Quay Brothers exhibit "Dormitorium"

Special thanks to Ted Fisher for giving me the heads up about this exhibit. Ted has kindly made me aware of so many great things happening in New York and I'm very appreciative!

I've been a fan of the Quay Brothers films for several years now. Their artistry inspires me on so many levels. As you can imagine, I immediately jumped on the chance to see their actual characters and decors in person. Inside, it's very dark (quite fitting), and I wondered if I would even be able to take pictures. Luckily with ISO 1600, f4, and 1/30th of a second I was able to get some nice exposures. I wasn't worried about noise at all since the the Quay Brothers are not about bright, shiny scenes. In fact they were quoted saying "What happens in the shadow, in the grey regions, also interests us – all that is elusive and fugitive, all that can be said in those beautiful half tones, or in whispers, in deep shade."

If your in New York, you can see it for yourself at the Parsons New School on 14th St. and Fifth Ave. After the exhibit leaves New York, it will go to Philadelphia. For everyone else, I have some images, and other stuff you may, or may not enjoy. With the Quays, you either love it, or you don't. Before you get to the images, you may want to watch this short interview with the artists themselves.


If you are intrigued by what you see here, you can get Quay Brothers DVD's on Netflix, and Amazon. For starters, check out Phantom Museums, and Ten Astonishing Short Films.