Rob Whitworth

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Rob Whitworth
Rob Whitworth.jpg
Born27 May 1982
United Kingdom
Alma materNorwich School of Art & Design, UK
OccupationPhotographer, Urban Film Maker
Known forTime-Lapse Photography
Notable work
Flow motion time-lapse videos of Asian cities
AwardsIF product design award[1]

Rob Whitworth (born 27 May 1982) is a British photographer and urban film maker, based in Shanghai, with flow motion[2][3] based works throughout Asia.[4][5][6][7] His works are mainly based on time-lapse, and they have received nine million online views and multiple awards.[8][9][10]


After completing his education with a degree in Photography from Norwich School of Art & Design, United Kingdom,[4] Whitworth turned to the field of mixed photography and videography resulting in millions of online views and staff picks from websites like Vimeo,[11][12] BBC[13] and Mashable,[14] among others.[9][15][16][17] The university now lists Rob Whitworth in its notable alumni list.[18]

His efforts in the film making side resulted in Best Experimental Film at the Tiburon International Film Festival, 2012, and the Jury's Choice Award at the 5th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest, 2012,[11] being added to his list of awards.[5] Rob Whitworth has been cited for his Hyperlapse[15] and time-lapse photography and short videos of Asian cities such as Dubai,[15][16][19] Istanbul,[20] Shanghai, Pyongyang,[6][21][22] Ho Chi Minh[12][23][24] and Kuala Lumpur free flow traffic.[7][25][9][26]

This is Shanghai and Once Upon a Time in Cappadocia are among his recently created films that got significant media coverage.[27][28][29] Reportedly, he captures fast-paced flow motion videos with high-powered telephoto lenses and other filming techniques to attribute a unique aspect to his photography and film making.[28][30]

In 2016, Whitworth's flow motion video of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre was described by Timeout Dubai as "awe-inspiring".[31] In the same year, he had a keyrole in the filming of the Planet Earth II episode "Cities" in which the documentary depicts world's noteworthy cities from Whitworth's camera.[32][33] This episode of the documentary was awarded Best Photography (Factual) award in 2017 British Academy Television Craft Awards and was nominated for Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming award at the 69th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.[34]

Selected Exhibitions[edit]

  • Lana Lights Festival, Italy 2015
  • Gurgaon International Film and Literature Festival India 2015
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam the Netherlands 2015
  • Norwich Film Festival Norfolk UK 2013[35]
  • Seattle Design Festival Seattle 2013
  • Timelapse Showfest Madrid 2013
  • Zero Film Festival Toronto and Montreal 2013
  • DisOrient Asian American Film Festival Oregon 2012
  • Mudfest of Mudgee, Australia 2012
  • ANIMAYO Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 2012
  • Norwich Film Festival Norfolk, UK 2012
  • Zero Film Festival London and New York 2012
  • New Media Film Festival Los Angeles, CA 2012
  • London International Creative Competition (LICC) London, 2012


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  2. ^ "This 'Flow Motion' Time-Lapse of Dubai is Insane". PetaPixel. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  3. ^ "This Flow Motion Video Will Blow Your Mind. Guaranteed. - DIY Photography". DIY Photography. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  4. ^ a b "Rob Whitworth". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  5. ^ a b "Rob Whitworth Photography | About". Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  6. ^ a b Shearlaw, Maeve. "Timelapse video offers unique insight into North Korea's capital city". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  7. ^ a b "Flow-Motion Photography Captures The World Like You've Never Seen It Before". Architizer. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  8. ^ "Nikon". Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  9. ^ a b c "Danang International Fireworks Competition is a visual feast for the eyes". Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  10. ^ "Timelapse through a camera". Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  11. ^ a b "Interview: Photographer Rob Whitworth Transforms Chaos Into Structure with Time-lapse Photography". Asia Society. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  12. ^ a b Plumer, Brad. "Lunch break: Time lapse tour of Ho Chi Minh city". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  13. ^ "Phố cổ Hội An qua tay máy người Anh - BBC Tiếng Việt". BBC Tiếng Việt (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  14. ^ UTC, Brian Koerber2014-11-20 10:30:53. "16 time-lapse videos that floored us in 2014". Mashable. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  15. ^ a b c "Incredible Dubai hyperlapse video shows the breathtaking city in all its glamour". Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  16. ^ a b "This clip of Dubai is the best timelapse I've ever seen". Business Insider. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  17. ^ "Top 5 National Geographic Videos of 2014". Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  18. ^ "Norwich University of the Arts". Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  19. ^ "ドバイの映画会社が「なんでもやっていい」と依頼→すごいタイムラプス動画ができた". ハフィントンポスト (in Japanese). Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  20. ^ "A Dazzling Flow Motion Time-Lapse Tour of Istanbul". 12 November 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  21. ^ Frizell, Sam. "This Amazing Time-Lapse Video Shows Life Inside Pyongyang". Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  22. ^ "Pyongyang in motion: incredible hyperlapse of North Korea's captial [sic] city". Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  23. ^ "Ho Chi Minh City's Wild Traffic Patterns". CityLab. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  24. ^ "McDonald's Expands Into Vietnam... and Africa Next?". Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  25. ^ "The Most Dangerous Traffic Circle In The World?". Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  26. ^ "Talking to Rob Whitworth, the Master of time-lapse Post-Production". Time Lapse Italia — Tutorial, tecniche avanzate, video e forum. In italiano. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  27. ^ "The 10 Best Time-Lapse Videos On The Internet". Sneakhype. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  28. ^ a b "Frenetic Urban Time-lapse Videos of Shanghai, Vietnam and Kuala Lumpur by Rob Whitworth". Colossal. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  29. ^ "Astounding Magical Hyperlapse Journey Through Cappadocia - Shot by Rob Whitworth - Must See! - planet5D curated digital image news". Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  30. ^ NikonPro (2013). "From Dusk to Dawn" (PDF). Knowledge Technique.
  31. ^ "Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre flowmotion video". Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  32. ^ "BBC - Ten Years On - Media Centre". Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  33. ^ "BBC - Planet earth". Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  34. ^ "Television Craft Awards Winners 2017". Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  35. ^ "2014 Official Selection – Norwich Film Festival". Retrieved 2015-11-20.