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BBC4 Photography Season (starting 6th March)

Discussion in 'Forthcoming Events' started by AlanW, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. AlanW

    AlanW Well-Known Member

    BBC4 are having a 'photography season' starting with :

    Britain in Focus: A Photographic History
    Monday 6th March, 9-10pm (part 1 of 3)

    In this first part, Eamonn McCabe explores the development of the art of photography
    in the UK, beginning by looking at how science and technology allowed pioneering
    photographers like Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron to create a new art form

    in the 1800s.

    Also as part of the season another episode in the series, "What do artists do all day",
    featuring Dougie Wallace, no details at the minute when it will be broadcast.

    There's other programmes as well so best to check the BBC4 listings, but I expect everything
    will be available on iplayer.

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  2. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

  3. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed the first episode, with nostalgic stuff about Lacock Abbey & Henry Fox Talbot. Looking forward to the next.
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  4. AlanW

    AlanW Well-Known Member

    Yes, it was a pleasant hours viewing, particularly liked the Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron sections, would love to see a whole series on Victorian photographers.
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  5. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    I thought it was good of its kind.
    Avoided the cringe making stuff. And ang gross technical blunders.
    Though it brought up nothing that I did not know before.
  6. Gezza

    Gezza Well-Known Member

    We visited Dimbola a few years ago. Well worth a visit if anybody is in the area. I really liked a lot of her work.
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  7. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    If you ignore that bloke saying he was just focusing the camera AFTER he'd already been shown inserting the wet plate!
  8. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    For me, it was a reasonably interesting, and (mostly) enjoyable documentary. My only gripe is a more general one, about the silly and disingenuous device used in documentaries, whereby presenters have to feign partial (or total) ignorance of their subject, in order to provide a 'discussion'. In this instance, when the photographer at Lacock was showing Eamonn McCabe the Fox Talbot replica camera, he inserted an aperture disc into the camera and said "There we are: f/44". On hearing this, Eamonn McCabe asked "So that stops the exposure time down, does it?". o_O This silliness is becoming commonplace in all sorts of documentaries, and it's bloody irritating. Only a total 'newbie' would need to ask such a question - and certainly not a photographer of McCabe's experience.

    Documentary makers seem to have decided that we must all be made to believe that their intrepid presenter is always "finding out":rolleyes: about the subject. In reality, of course, the reason that he/she has been selected to present the documentary is that they already know something about it. :mad: /Rant over ;)
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  9. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Couldn't agree more.

    On so many documentaries, false tension is introduced, I guess, to keep us watching that channel.
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  10. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Yes, it should be perfectly possible to phrase things such that the knowledgeable presenter simply asks the guest to 'explain for the viewer what that does...' rather than pretend s/he doesn't know.
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  11. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    I assumed that that part was just a reenactment. So missed that.
    I started my working life with glass dry plates.
  12. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Yes, indeed. You said it far more concisely (and with less ranting;)) than I managed!
  13. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    The Open University programmes show how it should be done. We watched part 2 of "Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream" presented by Simon Sebag Montefiore the other night and it was fascinating because it presented the information concisely.
  14. AlanW

    AlanW Well-Known Member

    When it comes to arts programmes, there's really only one presenter for me, Waldemar Januszczak . . . . . and Simon Schama . . . OK, when it comes to arts programmes, there's really only two presenters . . . . :)
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  15. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed the first programme, except for the fact that it kept referring to Roger Fenton in connection with Yorkshire and neglected to mention that he was, in fact, a Rochdale lad!

    Cheers, Jeff
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  16. AlanW

    AlanW Well-Known Member

    I knew that :)

    Was hoping for more than just a quick mention for Hill & Adamson (their photographs of the fisher folk of Newhaven were taken just down the hill from me), hence why I think a series on Victorian photographers might be interesting :)

  17. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera Well-Known Member

    I fell to sleep and woke up at 3am and wondered why the TV was still on! So I missed it....
  18. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera Well-Known Member

    Further to my post.....it could be an age thing.....I read something about TV catch up....well I pressed several buttons and hey presto......I got last nights programme.... about photography... I found it very interesting and well worth watching!
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  19. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed the program, it cleared some gaps in my knowledge. Good to see the presenter used a Canon as his modern camera.
  20. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    He also used a Fuji X-Pro1 or 2 as I recall...I assume that was while his Canon was otherwise employed in making sure his door didn't blow shut! :p

    Cheers, Jeff

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