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Water and Power

Archival Prints

  • Filmmaker in Person

Pat O’Neill’s rarely screened masterpiece, the exceptionally dense and technically dazzling Water and Power, is a moving meditation on industrialization, focusing on Los Angeles, “a city that turned land into desert.” Using time-lapse photography and optical printing, O’Neill intertwines technology and ideas, collaging different locales into montages that suggest the inevitable conflict of industry and nature. His genius comes in combining his raw materials in new and increasingly paradoxical ways, posing the relationship between humans and nature as a series of questions rather than offering fixed answers.

Preceded By

By the Sea

Pat O'Neill, Robert Abel, United States, 1963

Bump City

Pat O'Neill, United States, 1964


Pat O'Neill, United States, 1969

An Extra Wander: For Miss Chickie

US, 2016