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The Genius of Photography

The Genius of Photography is a welcome new BBC4 TV documentary series about the history of photography. The first programme aired on Thursday, but I understand it’s to be repeated on Monday 29th at 8pm. It’s also available in /cough/ MP4 format, if you know where to look. The comments from bloggers are glowing, and I’m looking forward to seeing the first part.

Update: I just finished watching the first episode. It’s very well made, is presented in a way that doesn’t insult the intelligence, and has well-chosen contributions from many notable scholars and dealers, along with the occasional appearance of one or two living photographers. And the range of pictures is also excellent; although one might not know what an interesting photographer Lartigue was, if one only saw the few examples that introduce his segment of the programme. Luckily we started to see pictures with more visual impact a few minutes later. However, that’s a very minor niggle about what is a very welcome slice of quality documentary TV.

Genius of Photography showcases some of the best photography ever taken. Это — галерея на сайте BBC:

D14 Man Ray © DACS

The First World War marked the triumph of the machine over the merely human. The high explosives, the machine guns, the tanks and planes exposed the fallibility of humanity just as much as the folly of war had done. When the war ended people wanted to become more machine-like. Houses became machines for living; writers became engineers of the human soul; chorus lines were fine-tuned like precision instruments; and the rich and famous took on the sheen and style of sleek sports cars.

In the age of the machine, photography was seen as a machine-like process manufacturing objective truths purged of subjectivity and emotion. But, for Man Ray, the camera was not a machine for making documents but an instrument for exploring dreams, desires and the medium's unconscious mind.

“He was such a natural maverick in the photographic medium that he almost effortlessly discovered all these ways to be a photographer that no one had thought of before. And they were so perfectly in tune with the moment of Dadaism and Surrealism. All these things like making photographs in the darkroom just by sprinkling and scattering interesting objects on photographic paper and then just switching the light on very briefly to allow these objects to imprint themselves on the paper and then just developing it out, no camera involved. He discovers the solarisation process inadvertently, in the late 1920s, and he makes people look as though their faces are of aluminium. They become sort of sleek and metallic like the mascots on the front of those rather swish, fast cars. They become these super-people, also slightly inhuman, slightly robotic.” (Mark Haworth-Booth, Photo-historian)

Extract from 'Documents for Artists', Genius of Photography (Wall to Wall)


Снимок: Bichonnade Leaping by Jacques-Henri Lartigue
Fixing the Shadows

Снимок: D14 by Man Ray
Documents for Artists

Снимок: Lodz Ghetto by Henryk Ross
Right Time, Right Place

Снимок: 1–8 Yuma by Stephen Shore
Paper Movies

Снимок: Dad on Bed by Larry Sultan
We Are Family

Снимок: New Brighton by Martin Parr
Snap Judgements

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