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PHOTO: A HISTORY FROM BEHIND THE LENS

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Editorial Reviews

“Unravels the mystery of images to reveal their complexity and beauty” —Le Monde

Break down the elements of photography with Photo, which takes an inside look at the creative process as it plays out between the imagined and the real. By examining the role of European and American pioneers, this 12-part series explores the development of photography from its beginnings to more recent times. In the process, this documentary shows that what may seem like an exercise in objectivity can instead be entirely subjective. The photograph itself is little more than a blank page on which to write one’s story.

With elegance and insight, Photo reveals how photographers go beyond documentary precision, endeavoring to interpret the world they live in rather than merely capturing it. This entails controlling the image through a variety of techniques, blending the spontaneous with the staged, and manipulating for maximum impact these “moments stolen back from time.”

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Contains nudity and sexual content.

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BONUS FEATURES
12-page booklet with a history of cameras, a timeline of breakthroughs in photography, articles on photographic portraits and image manipulation, and a glossary of photography terms.

SDH subtitles.

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 312 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EF0NYA4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,189 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"PHOTO" series is loaded with photography history, and hundreds of images. Simple animation and overlays are used to embellish the educational presentation in this documentary. A good series for those within or studying to become a part of the photo and computer imaging industry. Old techniques can be used in today's digital world. Although some processes are explained, this is primarily about the creative aspect of image capturing. Art schools and universities will enjoy this.

It's a French production (audio in English) consisting of European and some US history. The narrator, Mathieu Demy, sometimes adds supposition to his docent presentation [writer: Stan Neomann] causing the viewer to decipher between historical fact and the writer's subjectivity. Not a hard task even for the novice. Nude photo images frequent, a traditional image type in art.

SDH SUBTITLES for all 12 26-min episodes.
1 Surrealist Photography-- In 1928 came the "selfie." A self-portrait opportunity inside a box. Of course Dali grasps the potential. Many B/W artistic images of the 1930s.
2 The Primitives of Photography, 1850-1860-- Photo artistry interpreting reality. Early pre-industrialized photographs and war imagery. 1839 Daguerreotype; single non-reproducible image on copper.
3 The New German Objectivity-- the Dusseldorf school in 1960, a lead to today's digital manipulations capability. Objectivity, especially in industrial photography.
4 Staged Photography-- Scripting the image the camera captures. Computer manipulation of lies, fiction, and enhancement.
5 Press Usage-- Media photo use is as diverse as media forms and ad imagination.
6 Pictorialism-- Lab work inspires beyond the mechanical lens ability seeking a painterly style of photo acceptable to the art world.
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This fascinating series takes the viewer on a journey from the beginnings of photography through the intricate modern digital age with emphasis on both the scholarly and the creative aspects of catching a moment and preserving it. In a relatively short period of time, photography has gone from an experimental novelty, the plaything of the wealthy, to a scientific data recording mechanism for a variety of fields of study. Even more intriguing is has also become a tool for creating amazing works of art, and is absolutely a part of everyone's daily life. The series PHOTO captures the drama and the art involved in photographs, exploring the "how" of the process and the intensity involved in recording moments. We learn about photographers and the thought that goes into the creation of a photograph that "speaks" to the viewer artistically and emotionally. Everything is the subject of photographs, depending on the intent of the photographer. The nude body is portrayed as well as Earth shattering events in our history, captured as the photographer saw them and wanted us to see them. A treat for those serious about photography, either as media persons or artists.
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I teach photo history at a community college and purchased this DVD out of pocket to supplement lecture material and the textbook for my students. What a colossal disappointment! I must have failed to read in the description (somewhere ?) that it is designed for elementary school students. It is very very "cute" and uses graphic tricks such as moving parts of the subject around within the photograph with accompanying sound effects (slide whistle) in an attempt, I suppose, to make it more interesting to a dumbed down audience. It's "graphics gone wild" with sliding/swiping bars constantly moving across the screen. I wouldn't dare show this to junior high students, much less in a college setting. I realize that this review differs greatly from the glowing report of others. My copy is for sale...
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A really decent review of classic and contemporary photography.
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