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 #35219 George Eastman House: Picture Perfect
 #2492 The Pencil of Nature(+$20)
 #2493 Domestic Memories(+$20)
 #2494 The Best or Nothing(+$20)
 #2495 The Eyes of Empire(+$20)
 #2496 The Real Thing(+$20)
 #2497 The Magic Mirror(+$20)
 #10944 The Hungry Eye: Walker Evans(+$20)
 #3378 The Candid Image: A Portrait of Erich Salomon(+$40)
 #35103 Henri Cartier-Bresson: Questions, Not Answers(+$40)
 #37543 Outside In: The Transformative Vision of Jerry Uelsmann(+$40)
 #2498 A Little Bit of Magic Realized: William Fox Talbot's Discovery(+$60)
 #10947 Man Ray: No Limits(+$80)
 #30805 Introduction to Photography and Visual Literacy(+$80)
 #30806 Photography and the Brain(+$80)
 #30807 Decoding Photographic Images(+$80)
 #30808 Photographic Storytelling(+$80)
 #30809 Portraits and Snapshots(+$80)
 #30810 Photography: Making Art and Recording Life(+$80)
 #30811 Persuasion, Propaganda, and Photography(+$80)
 #30812 Truth or Fiction? Photography and Ethics(+$80)
 #33676 The Mythic Camera of Frank Hurley(+$80)
 #8995 Magic of the Image: Photography Revealed(+$100)
 #39224 Territories: A Profile of Photographer Larry Towell(+$100)
 #39232 Robert Doisneau: A Life in Photography(+$100)
 #2491 Images: 150 Years of Photography(+$369.75)
 #30804 The Language of Photography(+$989.65)

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#35219 Photography - George Eastman House: Picture Perfect (Run time 28 min.) DVD $49.95

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)

#2492 Photography - The Pencil of Nature (Run time 26 min.) DVD $69.95

The wonderful invention of Daguerre and Fox Talbot fascinated the Victorians as a new art form and a new way of looking at the world. This program follows the technical and esthetic strides made by the early, often amateur, practitioners. Material is drawn from the British Royal Archives at Windsor Castle; The Royal Institution of South Wales, Swansea; from the early photographlc societies; The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, Bath; Norwich Photographic Society; and from the first museum to embrace the new medium, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. (26 minutes)

#2493 Photography - Domestic Memories (Run time 26 min.) DVD $69.95

This program is about how people reflect their own reality, both in the formal photographs for which they pose and those which they themselves take. The amateur documentary tradition is seen through the eyes of two photographers from northern Britain, Jack Hulme and Jimmy Forsyth. Other collections featured are: The Kodak Collection; National Museum of Television, Film and Photography, Bradford; and the Documentary Photographic Archive, Manchester. (26 minutes)

#2494 Photography - The Best or Nothing (Run time 26 min.) DVD $69.95

The private collector of photography has emerged relatively recently. Photographs have become objects to be traded through auction rooms; as their value increases, so does their status as art. This program examines the passions of the private collector. Collections include: Michael Wilson, London; Howard Ricketts, London; The Gilman Paper Company, New York; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and Gerard Levy, Paris. (26 minutes)

#2495 Photography - The Eyes of Empire (Run time 26 min.) DVD $69.95

Photography in the 19th century was often a tool of imperial science and exploration, with the photograph a scientific document or an expression or documentation of colonial life. This program draws on the anthropological photographic collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford; the Royal Anthropological Institute and Museum of Mankind, London; and the Cambridge University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology. The program also deals with the work of the amateur archaeologist Gertrude Bell, whose archive is at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. (26 minutes)

#2496 Photography - The Real Thing (Run time 26 min.) DVD $69.95

This program looks at the results achieved when photographers were commissioned to reflect the world or certain aspects of it. It focuses on the Farm Security Administration (whose archives are held by the Library of Congress, Washington) which set out to document America in the 1930s. The program also visits the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, where photography forms an integral part of the collection; Chris Killip, winner of the 1989 Cartier-Bresson Award, who was commissioned to make a photographic record of a new Pirelli Tire factory in Ohio; and Clement Cooper, seen photographing the area in industrial northern England where he grew up. (26 minutes)

#2497 Photography - The Magic Mirror (Run time 26 min.) DVD $69.95

Using only the words of some of the great photographers, this program seeks to trace "the life-line of the species" (in the words of John Szarkowski of the Museum of Modern Art, New York). Selecting their own favorite photos from contemporary works back to 1839, the producers of this program trace the lineage of photography as art and present a glorious parade of great photographs drawn from the great museum collections of the world: the Musee d'Orsay, Paris; the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum, New York; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, Bath. (26 minutes)

#10944 Photography - The Hungry Eye: Walker Evans (Run time 15 min.) DVD $69.95

The stark, deceptively simple photographs of Walker Evans have become a part of America's collective memory, forever capturing the places and faces of times long gone. In this program, NewsHour correspondent Ray Suarez outlines Evans' life while talking with Jeff Rosenheim, curator of photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Evans' close friend William Christenberry, about the late photographer's approach to his art, his collaboration with writer James Agee on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, his love of advertising signage, and other topics. (15 minutes)

#3378 Photography - The Candid Image: A Portrait of Erich Salomon (Run time 50 min.) DVD $89.95

His camera hidden in his hat, he sat in a courtroom and photographed two accused murderers being sentenced; photographed Von Hindenburg from a bathroom window across from the presidential palace; hid his camera in a music stand to photograph Toscanini in performance. But he had artistic talent as well as nerve. This program tells Salomon's story, the famous photos augmented by some of the negatives hidden from the Nazis and now restored. Salomon was killed in Auschwitz, but his astonishing documentation of the 20th century survives. (50 minutes)

#35103 Photography - Henri Cartier-Bresson: Questions, Not Answers (Run time 39 min.) DVD $89.95

"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)

#37543 Photography - Outside In: The Transformative Vision of Jerry Uelsmann (Run time min.) DVD $89.95

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)

#2498 Photography - A Little Bit of Magic Realized: William Fox Talbot's Discovery (Run time 26 min.) DVD $109.95

William Fox Talbot was a brilliant scholar determined to capture the magic of the camera obscura in some permanent, reproducible form. In 1835, he discovered the negative-positive process, and went on to prove himself an exceptional creative photographer. This program explains the technical aspects of his work and shows many of his most beautiful and thought-provoking results. (26 minutes)

#10947 Photography - Man Ray: No Limits (Run time 53 min.) DVD $129.95

A lifelong friend of Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray was always at the forefront of the avant-garde. He experimented with every available medium and invented a number of his own. Best known for his photography, he also excelled in painting, sculpture, and filmmaking. His works pushed the limits of Surrealism and Dadaism-and broke them. Who was this iconoclast among iconoclasts? This program answers that question through an intimate examination of Man Ray's life, tracing both his artistic evolution and his intense relationships with the many talented and influential men and women in his world. (53 minutes)

#30805 Photography - Introduction to Photography and Visual Literacy (Run time 27 min.) DVD $129.95

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)

#30806 Photography - Photography and the Brain (Run time 27 min.) DVD $129.95

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)

#30807 Photography - Decoding Photographic Images (Run time 27 min.) DVD $129.95

When setting up a shot, a photographer works with composition, lighting, and color to create a subliminal subtext that reinforces or even carries the meaning of his or her subject. This program illustrates how basic components of photography-line, shape, form, texture, balance, volume duality, point of view, depth of field, and perspective-contribute to an image's impact on the subconscious mind. Commentary is provided by Herb Zettl, author of the seminal Sight Sound Motion, and photographers Jo Whaley, Stephen Johnson, Larry Sultan, and Catherine Wagner. (27 minutes)

#30808 Photography - Photographic Storytelling (Run time 27 min.) DVD $129.95

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)

#30809 Photography - Portraits and Snapshots (Run time 27 min.) DVD $129.95

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)

#30810 Photography - Photography: Making Art and Recording Life (Run time 27 min.) DVD $129.95

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)

#30811 Photography - Persuasion, Propaganda, and Photography (Run time 27 min.) DVD $129.95

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)

#30812 Photography - Truth or Fiction? Photography and Ethics (Run time 27 min.) DVD $129.95

Photographs have the potential to present powerful truths-or to create convincing fictions. This program uses case studies involving Iwo Jima, Elian Gonzalez, and O. J. Simpson to show how images can be manipulated to influence the way viewers perceive events. The ethics of photography and the positive and negative impacts of digital technology, which is steadily eroding the border between artistic and documentary photography, are covered. Commentary is provided by photo historian Diana Gaston, former curator at San Francisco Camerawork; Joel Slayton, of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media; and others. (27 minutes)

#33676 Photography - The Mythic Camera of Frank Hurley (Run time 53 min.) DVD $129.95

One of the last of the renowned imperial adventurers, Frank Hurley captured the first images ever seen of some of the world's most inhospitable and uncharted territories. But historians now know that some of "Captain Hurley's" photos were elaborate concoctions-and a few were outright fakes. This stimulating program follows Hurley's footsteps in the early 1900s to the Antarctic, Belgium, Papua New Guinea, Israel, and Australia to see if he was a giant of photography or a conjurer with a camera. His snapshots of Antarctic heroes, world wars, and mysterious natives in faraway jungles seized the imagination of all who saw them. But were those images transformed in the darkroom to the level of myth? (53 minutes)

#8995 Photography - Magic of the Image: Photography Revealed (Run time 27 min.) DVD $149.95

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)

#39224 Photography - Territories: A Profile of Photographer Larry Towell (Run time 53 min.) DVD $149.95

A giant in the world of documentary photography, Larry Towell has garnered several top-level honors, including the 2005 Priz Nadar and the first Henri Cartier-Bresson Award. This program follows Towell as he uses his camera to confront foreboding landscapes and shed light on struggling communities-drawing parallels between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. Towell also reflects on the creative process, offers insight into the photojournalist's trade, and describes his experiences as an eyewitness to the 9/11 attack on New York City. His thoughtful commentary accompanies numerous examples of his work. (53 minutes)

#39232 Photography - Robert Doisneau: A Life in Photography (Run time min.) DVD $149.95

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)

#2491 Photography - Images: 150 Years of Photography (Run time min.) DVD $419.7

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.

#30804 Photography - The Language of Photography (Run time min.) DVD $1039.6

In this thought-provoking eight-part series, world-class photographers, academic experts, museum personnel, and others stress the importance of visual literacy as they range over the history and mechanics of photography. They also emphasize major concerns facing photographers today, including digital image manipulation and the commodification and decontextualization of photographs, and consumer issues such as information overload and selective perception. 8-part series, 27 minutes each.

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