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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,…
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…
Dorothea Lange - Grab a Hunk of Lightning
Part of the Series: American Masters
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…
Eye on the 60s: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman
Eye on the 60s is a personal, visual lesson in 1960s American History...the tale of former LIFE magazine photographer Rowland Scherman, and how his eye captured the essence of America's most remarkable decade. Follow the path of the passionate Scherman,…
Eye on the Guy - Alan B. Stone and the Age of Beefcake
Alan B. Stone: astute businessman, quiet suburbanite, and master of the homoerotic pin-up. Eye on the Guy: Alan B. Stone & the Age of Beefcake explores the little-known world of Montreal's physique photography scene, a distinct gay subculture that emerged…
Photographers of Australia
World-acclaimed photographers Max Dupain, Wolfgang Sievers and David Moore have captured the changes in Australia's character for more than 60 years. Wolfgang Sievers fled Nazi Germany before the Second World War. He arrived in Australia to find a photographic tradition…
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…
A History of Women Photographers
Fifteen minute historical short, with dramatizations, which was installed in four venues with a traveling museum exhibition: A HISTORY OF WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS 1839-1974, curated by Naomi Rosenblum. NYPL, Akron Art Museum, National Museum for Women in the Arts, Wash. DC,…
Twin Lenses - Fashion Photographer Sisters
A feature documentary about the pioneering twin fashion photographers Frances McLaughlin Gill (the first woman photographer on the staff of Vogue) and Kathryn Abbe, now in their eighties, who were both married to famous photographers and worked in the glamorous…
Men at Lunch
New York City, 1932. The country is in the throes of the Great Depression, the previous decade's boom of Italian, Irish, and Jewish immigrants has led to unprecedented urban expansion, and in the midst of an unseasonably warm autumn, steelworkers…
The Woodmans
A fascinating, unflinching portrait of the late photographer Francesca Woodman, told through the young artist's work (including experimental videos and journal entries) and remarkably candid interviews with her artist parents Betty and George (a ceramic sculptor and painter/photographer), who have…
Victor Burgin: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Criticism and Theory
Victor Burgin (b.1941) is known as a highly influential artist and a renowned theorist of still and moving images. After 13 years in the United States, Burgin returned to live and work in his native Britain in 2001, taking up…
Ordinary Miracles - The Photo League's New York
ORDINARY MIRACLES: THE PHOTO LEAGUE'S NEW YORK is a feature-length documentary film which tells the story of the rise and politically motivated fall of the Photo League, (1936-1951) which for fifteen years served as the center of the documentary movement…
John Szarkowski on Eugène Atget: Speaking of Art
"Szarkowksi's thinking, whether Americans know it or not, has become our thinking about photography." - US News & World Report,1990 During his nearly three-decade tenure as Director of the Department of Photography (1962-1991) at The Museum of Modern Art in…
John Szarkowski on Ansel Adams: Speaking of Art
"Szarkowksi's thinking, whether Americans know it or not, has become our thinking about photography." - US News & World Report, 1990 During his nearly three-decade tenure as Director of the Department of Photography (1962-1991) at The Museum of Modern Art…
Aaron Siskind
"Both the object and the idea are in varying degrees of harmony and dominance... Almost inevitably there are tensions in the picture, tensions between the outside world and the inside world. For me, a successful picture resolves these tensions without…
The Life and Work of Frank Hurley
Part of the Series: Great Explorers Series
"Frank Hurley's pictures bring an ill-fated Antarctic voyage back to life - absolutely first-rate photojournalism by a cameraman who had no reasonable expectation of survival." -Time Magazine "Photography within the Antarctic Circle is a challenge. Among the attractions are the…
An American Journey: In Robert Frank's Footsteps
Robert Frank's The Americans (1958) transformed the landscape of contemporary photography. Fifty years later, Filmmaker Philippe Seclier decided to follow in Frank's footsteps, retracing his path step by step. From Texas to Montana, from Nebraska to Louisiana, from New York…
America and Lewis Hine
An hour long documentary about pioneer photographer Lewis Hine, who documented child labor and the building of America from 1900-1940. Hine's work helped establish child labor legislation and is an important part of our national heritage. Awards and Screenings: World…