Man On Bridge

By: El Zorrero Films

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Created on the 2013-07-25 14:04:22

Man On Bridge is an interactive documentary about Arthur Fields, a street photographer who captured an estimated 182,500 photos of passersby on O'Connell Bridge. We are producing a web-based documentary that lets people learn about Arthur and allows them to submit their own Arthur Fields photo or Arthur Fields-inspired photo into the online story of the photographer.


About the Project

Man On Bridge is an online documentary that tells the story of Arthur Fields, a Jewish Ukranian who became a Dublin institution. 


The documentary reveals itself in a non-linear immersive way. Combining video, archival still image, text and audio, it allows users to explore both Arthur’s life and the photos he took via an online space that we want to make. In practical terms, the project will take the form of an interactive workbook that will let users navigate through the different aspects of Arthur's life and the impact his images have had on the lives of others. 


Throughout the course of Arthur’s life, it’s estimated he took 182,500 photographs of passersby on O’Connell Bridge. This project will work as a collection point for these photos and uniquely it will allow users to upload their own Arthur Fields photo that they might have or even a photo inspired by Arthur Fields. This growing database of user-submitted photos will be integrated into our online story of Arthur on a rolling basis and as photos are submitted. 


Our first step in producing this project is to record interviews of those who remember Arthur and those who cherish the photos he took. These testimonies will form the basis of the documentary project. An example of the tone and style are contained within the video above.


The second step is to map out a narrative structure in terms of story and an interactive architecture, essentially how is the story told and how do users engage. This will be developed through working with both film and interactive teams who we have collaborated with on previous projects.


From there, the film assets will be post-produced and the interactive layout will morph into a working protoype. This will be the more labour intensive aspect of the project and our intended turn-around is three months.


On completion, we aim to promote the film through both traditional and social media. In terms of timeline, we view this as being a permanent space where the story and photo archive can be viewed. The project will function as a photo conservation project and there is potential to creating a photo book or an exhibition using the gathered photos which is something that we are eager to investigate.


Man On Bridge aims to remind users how important touchstones like Arthur are in the social fabric of a city. So many people have an Arthur Fields photo buried away in their collection and the project aims to bring together as many of these cherished photos as possible under one umbrella. Additionally, Man On Bridge will let users appreciate our cultural and social history, in terms of fashion and camera technology. Ultimately, in a time where we over-photographed, we want Man On Bridge to remind people how important the physical photo is as an object to value and hold on to for years.