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Accidental Mpegs

Accidental Mpegs are a collection of short video clips taken by mistake. The clips were shot on digital still cameras when the photographer accidentally switched to movie mode instead of still mode.

I discovered this phenomenon while working as a computer consultant in 2000, and have been collecting them ever since. The collection now numbers well over 100. Everyone who has contributed has consented to their use in my artwork. If you have accidental mpegs and would like to contribute (anonymously or not) please send them to me at

Holland Cotter of the New York Times said that "The results have the unflattering awkwardness of old-time candid snapshots and are just as funny and touching."