Film producer Lynn Estomin

Film on Photographic Innovator Nagatani to Screen at Hartwick

September 11, 2018

Film producer Lynn Estomin will present her documentary “Living in the Story,” about legendary photographer, storyteller, and artist Patrick Nagatani, on Wednesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in Room 138 of Anderson Center for The Arts on the Hartwick College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Estomin will also hold a Q&A session after the screening.

Nagatani (1945-2017) pioneered the Contemporary Constructed Photographic Movement in Los Angeles in the late 1970s. He developed a new visual vocabulary by constructing tableau photographs from sets, sculptures, models, and paintings. His work commented on modern social and political issues; a central theme concerned the threat of nuclear weapon technology.

He also explored healing techniques and states of consciousness in which the material world was transcended.

The film focuses on Nagatani’s unorthodox photographic techniques, and his weaving together fact and fiction, buoyed by a haunting, beautiful musical score.

Professor of Art Katharine Kreisher organized the screening.

“We are fortunate to pull Lynn Estomin into our Oneonta orbit so that photography, film and media enthusiasts at the colleges and in the surrounding community can learn about photographer Patrick Nagatani, as well as Lynn’s film-making process,” she said.

“Living in the Story” has been making a splash on the festival circuit this year, becoming an Official Selection at the Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards, Los Angeles CineFest, NewFIlmmakers New York, Dalmatia Film Festival, Benicia Film Festival, and Film Festival of Columbus.

For more information on the film, visit its website.

For more information about the event, contact Kreisher at or (607) 431-4828.