Friday, July 31, 2009

The Genius of Photography 1: Fixing the Shadows

André Kertész, Meudon, 1928.

BBC-Four's The Genius of Photography is a comprehensive -- and immensely enjoyable -- documentary of the history and art of photography from the earliest daguerreotypes to photography in the digital age. The six-part series takes us on an illuminating ride across the entire landscape of the medium, stopping at important milestones, guided by some of the most influential photographers, critics and curators working today. From the documentary's very first image of André Kertész's 1928 photograph of Meudon, and how this image came to be, you are assured to be mesmerized.

In Episode 1, broken up into three parts below, the origins of photography: camera obscura, Talbot, Louis Dagguer, Eadweard Muybridge, Nadar, George Eastman, Kodak, Lartigue, André Kertész, New York forensic photography, industrial age, Edward Steichen, Chuck Close, Luc Sante, David Byrne.

Episode One, Part One

Episode One, Part Two

Episode One, Part Three

Download Episode 1 in high-definition from Rapidshare here:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

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