genius_of_photography

This month’s “Best Web Video” is actually an entire series — the Genius Of Photography produced by the BBC (site here). If you are trying to figure out how to be a photographer today, I think it’s essential to expose yourself (pun intended) to a bit of the 170 years of our collective history. Consider this 6-part series to be a must watch.

Outside the UK, the Genius Of Photography appears periodically on Ovation (USA), ABC (Australia), Knowledge Network (Canada) and elsewhere. Fortunately for the impatient and impulsive, the entire series has been posted on YouTube in 10 minute installments. To make things easy, I’ve collected all 37 links below.

Enjoy. Learn. Pass it on.

The Genius of Photography Series

1. Fixing the Shadows – Tracks the first attempts to make images permanent and the mass appeal that the invention of Kodak created. Featuring: Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Eadweard Muybridge, Andre Kertesz and others.
Ep 1 – Part 1
Ep 1 – Part 2
Ep 1 – Part 3
Ep 1 – Part 4
Ep 1 – Part 5
Ep 1 – Part 6

2. Documents for Artists – After World War One the potential of photography attracted the attention of artists and governments alike. Featuring: May Ray, Dorothea Lange, Alexander Rodchenko and others.
Ep 2 – Part 1
Ep 2 – Part 2
Ep 2 – Part 3
Ep 2 – Part 4
Ep 2 – Part 5
Ep 2 – Part 6
Ep 2 – Part 7

3. Right Time, Right Place – Examines the photographs of D-Day, the Holocaust and Hiroshima raising questions about history as seen through the viewfinder. Featuring: Henryk Ross, W Eugene Smith, Robert Capa and others.
Ep 3 – Part 1
Ep 3 – Part 2
Ep 3 – Part 3
Ep 3 – Part 4
Ep 3 – Part 5
Ep 3 – Part 6

4. Paper Movies – Charts the golden age of ‘photographic journeys’ and how the use of colour slowly became a credible medium for ‘serious’ photographers. Featuring: Stephen Shore, Tony Ray Jones, Ed Ruscha and others.
Ep 4 – Part 1
Ep 4 – Part 2
Ep 4 – Part 3
Ep 4 – Part 4
Ep 4 – Part 5
Ep 4 – Part 6

5. We Are Family – Having conquered the street and the road, photographers approached the final frontier: the home, the self, and private life. Featuring: Larry Sultan, Cindy Sherman, Richard Billingham and others.
Ep 5 – Part 1
Ep 5 – Part 2
Ep 5 – Part 3
Ep 5 – Part 4
Ep 5 – Part 5
Ep 5 – Part 6

6. Snap Judgments – Shows how photography has become part of the art world where a single image can cost $2.9m and, in the digital world, where all images are possible. Featuring: Martin Parr, Gregory Crewdson, Seydou Keita and others.
Ep 6 – Part 1
Ep 6 – Part 2
Ep 6 – Part 3
Ep 6 – Part 4
Ep 6 – Part 5
Ep 6 – Part 6

13 Responses to Genius Of Photography Series

  1. Tom Marriage says:

    Syl,

    Happy New Year. Thank you very much for these links. This is an enjoyable series.

    Tom

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  3. Tom Marriage says:

    Syl,

    Happy New Year. Thank you very much for these links. This is an enjoyable series.

    Tom

  4. Happy New Year and thanks for all the posts.

  5. Syl,

    Enjoyed your posts this last year! Wish you a great New Year and I will be looking forward to reading your posts in the coming year.

    Visit my blog when you have a chance.
    http://ronaszegi.blogspot.com/

    Thanks!

    Arpad

  6. Happy New Year and thanks for all the posts.

  7. Syl,
    Enjoyed your posts this last year! Wish you a great New Year and I will be looking forward to reading your posts in the coming year.

    Visit my blog when you have a chance.
    http://ronaszegi.blogspot.com/

    Thanks!
    Arpad

  8. [...] I was excited this morning when I read on Syl Arena’s PixSylated that the entire series has been uploaded to YouTube in 10 minute chunks.  Thanks Syl for linking [...]

  9. Tyler says:

    Thank you. Very inspiring.

  10. Tyler says:

    Thank you. Very inspiring.

  11. DJJ says:

    You Tube posts this message for a good portion of the videos.

    "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Wall to Wall."

    Is there any other way to watch the series.

    Thank you.

  12. DJJ says:

    You Tube posts this message for a good portion of the videos.

    “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Wall to Wall.”

    Is there any other way to watch the series.

    Thank you.

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