Portraits in Motion
Volker Gerling











Volker Gerling is a passionate creator of flipbooks and an intrepid traveller. Since 2003 he has walked over 3,500km throughout Germany, inviting people to visit his travelling Flipbook “thumb cinema” exhibition and creating flipbook portraits of some of the people he meets along the way.

In the show Gerling shows the audience a selection of his favourite portraits by holding each one under a video camera so that its moving images are projected onto a large screen. In a series of enchanting and precious moments the people he photographed come to life on screen as he shares the heart-warming and moving stories behind each encounter.


Show Duration: 75min, no interval
Audience Suitability: 12+
Stage Size: Min 4m wide x 4m deep
Venue Capacity: Up to 500
Touring Party: 2
Language: The show can be performed in English or German.

Wolfgang Hoffmann


Created and performed by: Volker Gerling


Portraits in Motion
"Artistic miniatures full of life and emotion – a poetic sensation."
Augsburger Zeitung
"In Volker Gerling’s tiny flipbooks, great things emerge from small candid portraits of strangers that offer fascinating glimpses into the human soul."
Broadway Baby
"Art could not be quieter, simpler or more beautiful."
Tagesanzeiger Zürich