The first ever map of the back of the eye, ‘The Atlas of Opthalmology’, was hand-painted by Richard Liebreich in 1863. With the help of the Royal College of Ophthalmology, what began as a research enquiry became a filmic portrait of this beautiful piece of history.

The film considers the experience itself of drawing the Atlas, through the point of view of Liebreich (who used a Camera Lucida to trace the image of the eye) and that of the subject. The intimacy of this scenario is explored through the text, which borrows from various sensory experiences, including eye tests and ASMR.

With thanks to Richard Keeler at the Royal College of Ophthalmology.

Research slides: 

Film stills and installation: