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Contacts, Vol. 2: The Revival of Contemporary Photography (1992)

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  • 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: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYEL8I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,774 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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THE RENEWAL OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY The world's greatest photographers reveal the secrets behind their images. A collection of films that uncover the artistic processes of the greatest contemporary photographers from an original perspective. Using images (contact prints, proofs, prints, or slides) with commentary by the artists themselves, the viewer is thrust into the secret universe of creativity and into the heart and method of the evolution of a photographic body of work.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Thought Provoking April 3, 2008
This DVD collects 11 filmed segments made for French Television over the course of several years. Each segment is almost exactly 13 minutes long.

In each segment an individual photographer speaks about their work - their own personal backgrounds, their inspirations, their methodology and their objectives. In some cases they speak their own commentary, and in other cases a narrator reads their commentary, speaking in the first person. In either case the commentary comes directly from the artist, discussing their personal backgrounds, their methods and their own work.

There is no set list of questions or any type of script that is followed (the discussion is a bit different in each and every case). As they speak we view their work. In some instances we see contact prints containing shots that may have not been quite what the artist intended ("rejects" or "test shots") or images that were later cropped, in addition to "successful" shots. But again, every segment is a bit different.

This is an outstanding film for better understanding the goals or motivations of individual artists, as well as the thought process behind their work. The focus is generally more personal (introspective) and in some cases conceptual. The emphasis is not as strong on the technical details of their work - although that aspect does come up, as does their individual working methods (such as finding a subject or preparing for the shot). The degree to which each is covered varies from segment to segment.

What also comes across very strongly and consistently is the dedication or commitment that each artist brings to their work. It would not be an overstatement to say that as a group they are truly passionate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Photographers include... January 9, 2007
Covers the following photographers: Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin, Duane Michals, Sarah Moon, Nobuyoshi Araki, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Jeff Wall, Lewis Baltz, Jean-Marc Bustamante.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great nuggets February 22, 2007
The format of the DVD is great for breaking up and talking about the work geared toward specific projects/subjects--people vs. landscapes etc. But it is also great because you're hearing the artist speak a little about his concept or method and the backstory of his imagery/series. True, the translator (English or French) sounds stilted and hokey and doesn't quite drown out the native tongue--but c'mon. This is photography as art, not reportage or documentation--therefore, it should not be watched as a how-to technical manual either.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual But Still Interesting January 7, 2008
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This French "Contacts" series (I have three) is a rather unusual body of documentary work. Basically you are presented with a series of photographers talking about themselves and their work. On screen you see their images, or contact sheets of their work, but never the artist. The sound is either the translated monologue with the native language in the background or, depending on you language selection (English / French) the actual artist's voice.

The visual quality, in terms of design and encoding, is mediocre.

This series is interesting to watch once. But try to get a used copy or, better yet, see if you can rent them.
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