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Visions of Richard P. Rogers
Richard Rogers Short Films

Introduction by Susan Meiselas
  • Quarry

    Directed by Richard P. Rogers.
    United States, 1970, 16mm, color, 13 min.
    Print source: HFA

This portrait of an abandoned quarry in Quincy, Massachusetts captures the striking natural beauty of the site as it explores the social rites of the young people who gather along its rugged shores to enjoy leisure in what was once a place of toil.

  • Elephants: Fragments in an Argument

    Directed by Richard P. Rogers.
    US, 1973, 16mm, color, 25 min.

A self-portrait of the filmmaker at twenty-nine, this provocative collage of photographs, street scenes, and interviews with family and friends seeks to prove that "one’s consciousness is the result of one’s relationship to power and not, as many believe, vice-versa."

  • 226-1690

    Directed by Richard P. Rogers.
    US, 1984, 16mm, color, 23 min.
    Print source: HFA

Rogers created this "minimalist soap opera" out of messages left on his telephone answering machine over the course of an entire year. Together with the accompanying visuals of scenes shot from the windows of the filmmaker’s New York loft, the recordings provide an amusing account of life caught between the public and the private; we see weddings take place in the church across the street, passersby struggling through the snow on the sidewalk, gradually becoming submerged in the meditative rhythms of Rogers’ interior world.

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