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American Photography [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

American Photography: A Century of Images - The Photographic Age, 1935-1959
This is the second program in the three-part American Photography: A Century of Images documentary that aired on PBS. Directors Muffie Ellen and Meyer Hovde show that in the 1930s photographs aided the proliferation of magazines that had a nationwide readership, the opinions of whom were significantly impacted by the photographs they saw weekly in such periodicals as Life and Time. The realities of the Depression and World War II were brought into the living rooms of Americans via photography. In the postwar era, photography didn't simply capture reality; it helped create the reality of an economic boom by spurring a consumer spree through the magic of advertising photos. Highlights of this program include archival motion picture footage and numerous archival photos. Written by Ronald Blumer and narrated by Harris Yulin, major corporate funding of this documentary was provided by Kodak. ~ Steve Blackburn, Rovi

American Photography: A Century of Images - Photography Transformed, 1960-1999
For this last program in the three-part American Photography: A Century of Images documentary that aired on PBS, directors Muffie Ellen and Meyer Hovde show how the American perception of war was once again heavily influenced by photography. The war this time was in Vietnam. Throughout the final decades of the 20th century, artists manipulated photographs, from the Marilyn Monroe series by Andy Warhol, to the computer graphic renderings on home computers of the '90s. The program also tackles the issue of privacy and surveillance photos that can be taken from satellites overhead or from unseen places within a person's house. Highlights of this program include archival motion picture footage and numerous archival photos. Written by Ronald Blumer and narrated by Harris Yulin, major corporate funding of this documentary was provided by Kodak. ~ Steve Blackburn, Rovi

American Photography: A Century of Images - The Developing Image, 1900-1934
This is the first program in the three-part American Photography: A Century of Images documentary that aired on PBS. As this program shows, until the 20th century, photography was limited mostly to professionals. Then the advent of consumer cameras and rotogravure (a process of printing photographs in newspapers) changed everything. The exponential increase in photographs meant that public events and the private lives of families were being documented for posterity to a degree never seen before. Mass media photographs began to influence politics and fashion. Advertisers and propagandists alike learned how to manipulate photographic images to alter reality. Written by Ronald Blumer and narrated by Harris Yulin, major corporate funding of this documentary was provided by Kodak. ~ Steve Blackburn, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Harris Yulin
    Harris Yulin - Narrator
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