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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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Bert Stern: Original Mad Man
Bert Stern: Original Mad Man is the definitive voyage into the life and work of one of the greatest American photographers of all time. An original Madison Avenue "mad man," Stern's images helped create modern advertising; his ground-breaking campaign for…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
Matt Weber: More than a Rainbow
As it chronicles the life and times of street photographer and former cabbie Matt Weber, More Than The Rainbow becomes a vibrant conversation about the photographic medium, artistic expression and NYC. Set to wonderful jazz and drenched in evocative images,…
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…
Wildness
Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis were two of Australia's greatest wilderness photographers. Their work became synonymous with campaigns to protect Tasmania's natural heritage. From the 1950s to the 1980s, Olegas and then Peter used photography to galvanise public opinion as…
Riviera Cocktail: Edward Quinn
No other photographer has captured the far-flung social and cultural life of the Cote d'Azur in the fifties with such intelligent verve and remarkably gentle irony as the Irishman Edward Quinn (1920 - 1997). For over a decade, Quinn showed…
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…