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Photo: A History from Behind the Lense

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• 12-page booklet with a glossary of photography terms, a history of camera types, a timeline of breakthroughs in photography, and articles on the history of photographic portraits and image manipulation

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“Unravels the mystery of images to reveal their complexity and beauty” —Le Monde Break down the elements of photography in 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 tracks the development of photography from its beginnings to more recent times. In the process, it shows that what may seem like an exercise in objectivity can instead be entirely subjective, the photograph itself little more than a blank page on which to write one’s story. With elegance and insight, Photo shows 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photography history from pinhole to digital Nov. 1 2013
By Harold Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
"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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The history of the captured image with appreciation for both the scientific and the artistic Nov. 27 2013
By June L. - Published on Amazon.com
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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