Photography

Photography educational training videos & DVDs for teachers, schools, educators and students.

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Eugene and Berenice: Pioneers of Urban Photography
SKU: 40087
Often called the father of modern photography, Frenchman Eugene Atget embraced a heartfelt realism that influenced generations of younger photographers-including an American, Berenice Abbott, who championed him in his later career and carried on his legacy. This program examines the work of both artists, juxtaposing Atget's Paris oeuvre with Abbott's views of New York, describing how their paths crossed amidst the Parisian avant-garde, shedding light on their unlikely connection to the surrealists, and helping viewers understand the aesthetic and personal bond they shared. Rare archival interview footage featuring Abbott is included, along with commentary from photographers working today. Not available in French-speaking Canada. (52 minutes)

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George Eastman House: Picture Perfect
SKU: 35219
Located on the estate of the man who made Kodak a household word, the George Eastman House celebrates the art, technology, and impact of photography and motion pictures. This program goes behind the scenes with curators and archivists at Eastman's colonial revival mansion in Rochester, New York-now the oldest photography museum in the world-to showcase its famous collections. The Eastman House is a vital stop on the journey to understanding visual literacy. A viewable/printable educator's guide is available online. (28 minutes)

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Half Past Autumn: The Life and Art of Gordon Parks
SKU: 8750
In this program, 85-year-old Gordon Parks discusses his multifaceted, lifelong career in the arts. Best known, perhaps, for his photography, Mr. Parks has documented the plight of the poor as a photojournalist with Life magazine, the lives of the famous, and the looks of the fashion elite. A distinguished film director, poet, author, composer, and digital art pioneer as well, Gordon Parks has spent his life getting to know the world one person at a time. Yet in a career spanning more than 50 years and packed with noteworthy accomplishments, Mr. Parks feels that his best works are still to be done. (12 minutes)

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Henri Cartier-Bresson: Questions, Not Answers
SKU: 35103
In photography, you have to keep in the same line of sight your head, your eye, and your heart." After a lifetime of taking pictures of others, in 1994 Henri Cartier-Bresson finally agreed to step from behind the lens to be filmed. This landmark documentary about one of the 20th century's finest photographers brings viewers face-to-face with both the artist and the man as he touches upon topics ranging from the enigmatic quality of life, to his philosophy of and approach to photography, to the role of the unconscious in his art. Many of Cartier-Bresson's most memorable photos and some clips from films he directed are interspersed with both vintage and more recent footage of him in action. Time is also devoted to his marvelous drawings, a contemplative counterpoint to what he terms his reportage through film. (Portions in French with English subtitles, 39 minutes, b&w)"

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Images: 150 Years of Photography
SKU: 2491
This six-part series on photography was occasioned by the 150th anniversary of the medium's invention. The programs take the form of film essays which look at varying aspects of photography throughout its history. The series draws from over 20 different collections of photographs in museums, archives, and private collections in the U.S., Canada, Britain, and France-an altogether splendid source of the best, most interesting, most innovative photographs in the century-and-a-half of this medium which revolutionized art and archivism. 6-part series, 26 minutes each.

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Introduction to Photography and Visual Literacy
SKU: 30805
Movies, magazines, TV, billboards, the Web-the world is filled with captivating photographic images competing for viewers' attention. Not surprisingly, citizens of the Global Village are experiencing a growing need for visual literacy: the ability to read between the lines and extract meaning from that daily bombardment. This program takes a close look at the vital importance of visual language skills, how information overload is shortening the human attention span, the proliferation of iconographic communication, and implications for America's education system. A capsule history of photography, with insights into the medium's future, is included. (27 minutes)

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Magic of the Image: Photography Revealed
SKU: 8995
This elegant program artistically unfolds the history of photography, including the contributions of Joseph Niepce, Louis Daguerre, Fox Talbot, and the Lumieres, with an emphasis on the processes involved in creating photographs. The chemistry of modern film development is described in detail, using computer imaging to illustrate the mechanics of the exposure and development processes. In addition, the recently rediscovered Niepce process is demonstrated for the first time on film, along with the daguerreotype process. (27 minutes)

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Outside In: The Transformative Vision of Jerry Uelsmann
SKU: 37543
Renowned artist Jerry Uelsmann is a master of photographic manipulation and montage techniques, which he uses to communicate a surreal vision-intriguing, disturbing-that is distinctly his own. In this program filmed by triple-Emmy Award-winning director Daniel Reeves, Uelsmann discusses the sources, dynamics, and nuances of his bold works of art. A trip into the fascinating alchemical world of Uelsmann's darkroom and a soaring journey through the surrealistic strata of his powerful photographic creations. Bonus material (DVD only) includes an interview with Uelsmann. (30 minutes + bonus material)

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Persuasion, Propaganda, and Photography
SKU: 30811
This program addresses the emotionally manipulative power of photography by illustrating how commercial advertising has created an obsession with youth and physical perfection and can exploit viewers' fascinations with celebrity, sexuality, and violence. The video also demonstrates how photogenic people who adroitly use the visual media have come to dominate the political scene. Commentary is provided by Steve Luker, formerly a creative director with Publicis & Hal Riney; Shanto Iyengar, director of the Political Communication Lab at Stanford University; museum educator Julia Brashares; and others. (27 minutes)

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Photographic Storytelling
SKU: 30808
This program examines how photographers work with images to communicate stories and ideas and how viewers interpret those images. Message manipulation deriving from point of view, context, editing, superimposing, cropping, recoloring, and captioning are discussed. In addition, selective perception-seeing pictures through the filters of values and prejudices-is studied. Commentary is provided by Doug Nickel, curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Joel Slayton, of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media at San Jose State University; Shanto Iyengar, director of the Political Communication Lab at Stanford University; and others. (27 minutes)

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Photography and the Brain
SKU: 30806
How do photographic images evoke meaning and emotion? To understand that, viewers first need to understand how the eyes and brain process input from the visual world. After an overview of the biomechanics of vision, this program explains how proximity, similarity, and continuity affect perception; what light is and how lighting types and angles alter an image; and how color theory operates. Commentary is provided by photographers Dale Kistemaker, Catherine Wagner, Jo Whaley, and Larry Sultan. (27 minutes)

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Photography as Art
SKU: 12063
When specialty cameras, trick photography, and digital manipulation are combined with creative genius, photography becomes an extremely versatile medium of expression and self-exploration. This program examines the history of photography, charting its evolution from a technical craft to a fine art. Works of Tim Macmillan, Catherine Opie, Suky Best, Alison Jackson, and Caroline Molloy are highlighted. Archival clips of Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andreas Feininger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Duane Michals, Richard Avedon, and Elsie Hill are included. A BBCW Production. (29 minutes)

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Photography: Making Art and Recording Life
SKU: 30810
Once strictly considered a visual recording device, the camera has expanded beyond its documentational niche and made places for itself in the worlds of fine art, advertising, and news media as well. This program describes existing and emerging genres in the photographic arts, including documentary photography, portraiture, still life, commercial photography, and photojournalism. Commentary is provided by Steve Luker, formerly a creative director with ad agency Publicis & Hal Riney, and photographers Larry Sultan, Ed Kashi, Richard Barnes, Jo Whaley, Dale Kistemaker, and Catherine Wagner. (27 minutes)

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Portraits and Snapshots
SKU: 30809
Since the Civil War, portrait and snapshot photography have provided a visual history of life-and transformed society. This program explores how professional and amateur photographers capture the essence of people while considering the intensely personal nature of portraits and snapshots, their use as means of self-exploration and cultural narrative, and concerns involving their commodification and decontextualization. Commentary is provided by photographers Michael Collopy, Dale Kistemaker, Larry Sultan, Catherine Wagner, Richard Barnes, and Ed Kashi. (27 minutes)

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Robert Doisneau: A Life in Photography
SKU: 39232
Known for his candid and humorous images of Paris street life, Robert Doisneau had a career that spanned most of the 20th century, and he became one of France's national treasures. This program presents extensive, detailed, and highly intimate interviews with the photographer in the twilight of his life. Doisneau describes his childhood experiences of wonder and pain, how his sense of beauty and eroticism developed, and how he undertook the life of a photographer. He articulates his creative process, emphasizing the importance of light over material structure and eschewing geometric beauty" for the "the beauty of the soul." His supposed practice of staging subjects is also addressed. (60 minutes)"

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