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Contacts, Vol. 3: Conceptual Photography


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  • Actors: None (Documentary)
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ARTE
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYEL92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The greatest photographers in the world reveal the secrets behind their images in this collection of short, personal films. Using images (contact prints, proofs, prints, or slides) with commentary by the artists, the program utilizes an original perspective to uncover the artistic processes of the greatest contemporary photographers. Volume Three features Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans, Roni Horn, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and other contemporary masters.

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3.7 out of 5 stars
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D.N. on February 20, 2006
In contrast to a lot of American productions on art/artists, this stands out for being tasteful, informational, and interesting. For relying on the strength of the actual photographs, instead of irritating editing or distractions related to the process or a heavy biography on the creator's personal life.

It's also willing to rely on the artist's narration of their own work, so you'll get to hear them explain their thoughts in-depth and you'll view their work entirely differently than if you'd just seen it in a book or a gallery. The first few minutes will be boring if you make quick judgements about their work, soon after though, you'll see the depth of their interests and the way their mind operates. Plenty of reason to pay attention!

You'll be turned out to a lot of new photographers, this is way better than any modern photography book you can get your hands on.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Paulsonn VINE VOICE on January 9, 2007
Covers the following photographers: John Baldessari, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Christian Boltanski, Alain Fleischer, John Hilliard, Roni Horn, Martin Parr, Georges Rousse, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nick Charles on October 24, 2006
I teach at the college level, and find this series of DVD's to be helpful in introducing the students to a wide range of photographer-artists. This third DVD in the series is a strong introduction to the photography of several of the most important contemporary conceptual photographers.

Is this a guide to photography (how-to book)--most definitely not. Is it an introduction to contemporary fine-art photographers--most definitely. Also, one reviewer thinks these photographers are all French--yikes!--there are actually many contemporary photographers from several nationalities...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James McArdle on February 27, 2011
Contacts, Vol. 3: Conceptual Photography consists of carefully edited interviews with the artists in which the interviewer's questions are removed so that what is left for us is the record of the photographers' voices. There are few talking head shots. Most of the footage is rostrum-camera repro of original photographic imagery by the individuals, some of which is rarely seen elsewhere.

In every way this is an excellent reference very close to the source, which is unusual and very valuable to the student of photography.

The emphasis is not on personalities but on the photography and for that reason each title in the series has been thoroughly enjoyed by my university second- and third-year Visual Arts/Photography degree students, but this, Vol. 3, has prompted most discussion, despite the by now quite venerable age of the production!

Alain Fleischer (France) and John Hilliard (UK), both of whom produce work with a perceptual as well as conceptual interest, stand out as voices rarely heard.

It is refreshing to find arts/photography documentary material that is a European production with universal appeal, aside from the more widely disseminated dross with the usual US bias!

The quality is good though the DVDs are NTSC and are not (**!??) issued in PAL, despite my requests directly to distributor! For those in front of a class the DVD menu navigation is efficient.

In terms of quality and value as a contribution to scholarship and teaching, I'd place 'Contacts' up with the TATE MODERN's extraordinarily pithy and insightful, tightly edited (5 min.) vodcast series 'Tate Shots'.

John Baldessari, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Christian Boltanski, Alain Fleischer, John Hilliard, Roni Horn, Martin Parr, Georges Rousse, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans are a provocative combination - and value for money!
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