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TOP 50 REVIEWERon November 1, 2013
"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.
7 New Vision: Experimental Photography of the 1920s-- Photo rules of the 1920s included diagonals and non-Renaissance perspective truths. Modern vantage points prevail as "the new vision."
8 Photographing Intimacy-- Private moments--the subjective influence on capturing people and personalities. Voyeurism now an art.
9 The Inventors-- Daguerreotypes inspired commissioned portraits. These "likenesses" create a new professional.
10 Found Images-- Found picture images of the past become the media of the photomontage. Old idea in new forms. No mention of copyright infringement concerns in Paris.
11 Conceptual Photography-- the 1960s conceptual movement is expression via photo images.
12 After the Photo-- Digital; the good, the bad, the ugly. Photo manipulation reigns as king.

Not the final word in photography, but certainly a good documentary for those in this field of interest. I learned a lot, even though I'm only a point-&-shoot shutter bug.
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