New series. A comprehensive insight into one of the world's most influential art forms. The first episode uncovers some of the key inventions of photography and the way in which it became an integral part of the modern world - not just by documenting but also by changing the way people understood their world. There's also a look at pioneer photographers, including George Eastman, who made photography available to the masses with the invention of the Kodak brand.
Episode 2, "1918-1945: Documents for Artists"
How the art form's precise, objective and apparently machine-like qualities were utilised to promote the radical utopia of the Soviet Union and bring order and clarity to the chaos of Weimar in Germany. However, while some prized the medium for its ability to document, others were using it to explore the irrational, the subjective and the surreal - photography's natural language.
Episode 3, "Right Time, Right Place?"
How photographers dealt with the dramatic and tragic events of the Second World War such as D-Day, the Holocaust and Hiroshima. Magnum legends Philip Jones Griffiths and Susan Meisalas, soldier-photographer Tony Vaccaro and broadcaster Jon Snow consider the questions extraordinary pictures raise about history, as seen through the viewfinder.
Episode 4, "Paper Movies"
Journeys that produced some of the most acclaimed `paper movies' including Robert Frank's odyssey through Fifties America, William Klein's one-man assault on the pavements of New York, Garry Winogrand's charting of the human comedy in Central Park Zoo and William Eggleston's guide to Memphis and the American South.
Episode 5, "We Are Family"
How the lens translates personal relationships into photographic ones, as strangers, celebrities, lovers and children are captured on film. The programme also shows what happens when photographers turn their cameras on themselves - what they choose to reveal and what they try to conceal.
Episode 6, "Snap Judgements"
An investigation into the financial value of photographs, in light of the record-breaking price achieved by an Edward Steichen print at Sotheby's in 2006. From America to China and Africa, there's a look at how the business of being a photographer has changed by the market's sudden interest in what was once the poor relation of the art world. Last in series.
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