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Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have…
Visual Acoustics - The Modernism of Julius Shulman
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics - The Modernism Of Julius Shulman celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away in 2009,…
Her Aim is True - Rock Photographer Jini Dellaccio
Before Leibovitz, there was Jini... Her Aim Is True brings together musicians and rock photographers in an inspiring and unforgettable journey revealing unlikely rock 'n' roll photographer, Jini Dellaccio who visualized punk before it had a name and embodied indie…
The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia
The True Meaning of Pictures is a feature length documentary which addresses the issue of representation in documentary photography by examining the work of American photographer Shelby Lee Adams. More specifically, the film seeks to (i) spend time with the…
American Masters - Dorothea Lange - Grab a Hunk of Lightning
PBS
More than four decades of 20th-century America are filtered through Lange's life and lens -- her creations and achievements, her tragedies and losses. Known for her powerful images from the Great Depression, her haunting "Migrant Mother" remains emblematic of that…
Making Great Pictures
Episode 1 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
What makes a photograph iconic? What three things must every picture have to stand out from any old snapshot? These two questions form the core of Mr. Sartore's introduction to the course. You'll also discover that a great picture doesn't…
Art of Erotica
The subjects are five photographers and an illustrator whose artistic focus inhabits the world of fetish erotica. We get up close and personal with the artists' craft--showing fetish photography and film shoots--while posing broader questions surrounding the First Amendment rights…
Camera Equipment--What You Need
Episode 2 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
To take a picture, you need to have good equipment. Here, get a no-nonsense guide to finding photography equipment--including cameras, tripods, and camera bags--that fits your needs. Also, take an in-depth look at a camera's controls and settings for everything…
Arakimentari
"I wish I was a god with a thousand arms, each one with a camera." So says Nobuyoshi Araki, who with more than 350 photo books stakes the claim as the most published photographer in the world. While his work…
War Photographer - Photojournalist James Nachtwey
"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough." - Robert Capa War photographer James Nachtwey has been close enough for twenty years. Over this time he hasn't missed a single war. And he probably has seen more suffering…
Beauty Within Us: The Photographer Jock Sturges
The American Jock Sturges is regarded internationally as one of the most important photographers working in portraiture. His enduring theme is the female nude and "nudity as a natural state" and his photographic style one of portraying a classical aesthetic…
Images of Conflict - War Photography
BBC
We are bombarded on a daily basis by images of war, but there is a fine line between embedded coverage and propaganda. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the life of the war photographer worth? On…
Jan Groover: Tilting at Space
Jan Groover is widely recognized as one of the preeminent fine arts photographers. Her work has been compared to that of Morandi, Cezanne, and Weston. This film provides an intimate examination of her work and its progression from triptychs and…
David Hockney: Pleasures of the Eye
David Hockney is one of the most versatile and influential artists of our time. Here he invites us to take a visual stroll through his many paintings and explore the dimensions of time and space. In communicating a new sense…
I'll Be Your Mirror
BBC
A portrait of photographer Nan Goldin and her work.
Lenses and Focal Length
Episode 3 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Lenses are the most critical tools of photography. In this lecture, he takes you into the field and shows you different camera lenses in action. Among them: 70-200 mm (good for blurring out distracting backgrounds), rectilinear lenses (great for photographing…
Revolucion: Five Visions - The Cuban Revolution Seen by Photographers
This documentary reframes the Cuban revolution through the art of photography, focusing on the personal stories of five Cuban photographers whose lives and work span nearly five decades of revolution in Cuba. From Havana to Miami, photographers on both sides…
Photographer - Photographs of the Lodz Ghetto During World War II
In 1987, about 400 color slides photographed between 1939 and 1943 in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland, surfaced in mint condition in Vienna. They were taken by the ghetto's top Nazi administrator: Walter Genewein. In PHOTOGRAPHER, Polish director Dariusz Jablonski…
Find the Picture
Episode 1 of Fundamentals of Photography II
Think of photography as visual problem solving. How do you find perfect shots in the midst of crowded "problem areas" like an historic mansion? How about in sparse environments like an abandoned farmhouse? Here, learn savvier ways to find the…
Carrie Mae Weems: Speaking of Art
In 2004 Checkerboard had the privilege of filming Carrie Mae Weems discussing her body of work, comprised of 17 projects spanning more than two decades (1981-2004). This dynamic presentation was accompanied by slides of the artist's photographs and excerpts from…