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Art of Erotica
The subjects are five photographers and an illustrator whose artistic focus inhabits the world of fetish erotica. We get up close and personal with the artists' craft--showing fetish photography and film shoots--while posing broader questions surrounding the First Amendment rights…
Learning to See - The World of Insects
In this documentary shot by photographer Robert Oelman's son over a 12 year period, the audience travels with Oelman deep into the rain forests of South America to discover the world's most exotic insects. Winner of the Neapolitan Award at…
An Art That Nature Makes - The Work of Artist Rosamond Purcell
Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed an oeuvre of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books, and has enlisted admirers such as Jonathan…
Ordinary Miracles - The Photo League's New York
ORDINARY MIRACLES: THE PHOTO LEAGUE'S NEW YORK is a feature-length documentary film which tells the story of the rise and politically motivated fall of the Photo League, (1936-1951) which for fifteen years served as the center of the documentary movement…
The True Meaning of Pictures - Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia
The True Meaning of Pictures is a feature length documentary which addresses the issue of representation in documentary photography by examining the work of American photographer Shelby Lee Adams. More specifically, the film seeks to (i) spend time with the…
Gregory Crewdson - The Aesthetics of Repression
Gregory Crewdson is a leading figure in a major movement in photography, one that favors fantasy over realism and is often inspired by the cinema. Crewdson is interested in the psychology underlying the American suburban experience and finds photography to…
The Visual Language of Herbert Matter - The Art and Career of a Modern Artist Pioneer
Herbert Matter designed a series of cutting-edge Swiss travel posters that won international acclaim for the pioneering use of photo-montage combined with type. Always striking a balance between fine art projects and commercial work, the taciturn designer found his own…
Making Great Pictures
Episode 1 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
What makes a photograph iconic? What three things must every picture have to stand out from any old snapshot? These two questions form the core of Mr. Sartore's introduction to the course. You'll also discover that a great picture doesn't…
Helmut Newton - Frames from the Edge
In Helmut Newton's photography, the lines between art and pornography are often blurred. Strong women in provocative poses are seen in dramatically staged, voyeuristic shots which evoke his very distinct style of fashion, nude and portrait photography. Newton courted controversy…
Eye on the 60s - The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman
A fascinating recollection of a remarkable era in American History--the 1960's, seen through the work of noted "Life Magazine" photographer Rowland Scherman. Learn of key moments and people from someone on the inside-- JFK, The The March On Washington, Bob…
Her Aim is True - Rock Photographer Jini Dellaccio
Before Leibovitz, there was Jini... Her Aim Is True brings together musicians and rock photographers in an inspiring and unforgettable journey revealing unlikely rock 'n' roll photographer, Jini Dellaccio who visualized punk before it had a name and embodied indie…
Visual Acoustics - The Modernism of Julius Shulman
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics - The Modernism Of Julius Shulman celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away in 2009,…
Photographer - Photographs of the Lodz Ghetto During World War II
In 1987, about 400 color slides photographed between 1939 and 1943 in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland, surfaced in mint condition in Vienna. They were taken by the ghetto's top Nazi administrator: Walter Genewein. In PHOTOGRAPHER, Polish director Dariusz Jablonski…
Sadness - A Portrait of Photographer William Yang
Award-winning photographer William Yang explores issues of grief, family and identity in this adaptation of his acclaimed stage performance, Sadness. A mesmerising, poetic montage of story telling, photography and stylised reenactment, Sadness brings to life the stories of Yang's family…
Twin Lenses - Fashion Photographer Sisters
A feature documentary about the pioneering twin fashion photographers Frances McLaughlin Gill (the first woman photographer on the staff of Vogue) and Kathryn Abbe, now in their eighties, who were both married to famous photographers and worked in the glamorous…
Camera Equipment--What You Need
Episode 2 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
To take a picture, you need to have good equipment. Here, get a no-nonsense guide to finding photography equipment--including cameras, tripods, and camera bags--that fits your needs. Also, take an in-depth look at a camera's controls and settings for everything…
Frame by Frame - Building a Free Press in Afghanistan
After decades of war and an oppressive Taliban regime, four Afghan photojournalists face the realities of building a free press in a country left to stand on its own - reframing Afghanistan for the world and for themselves. Nominated for…
Carrie Mae Weems: Speaking of Art
In 2004 Checkerboard had the privilege of filming Carrie Mae Weems discussing her body of work, comprised of 17 projects spanning more than two decades (1981-2004). This dynamic presentation was accompanied by slides of the artist's photographs and excerpts from…
David Hockney: Pleasures of the Eye
David Hockney is one of the most versatile and influential artists of our time. Here he invites us to take a visual stroll through his many paintings and explore the dimensions of time and space. In communicating a new sense…
Lenses and Focal Length
Episode 3 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Lenses are the most critical tools of photography. In this lecture, he takes you into the field and shows you different camera lenses in action. Among them: 70-200 mm (good for blurring out distracting backgrounds), rectilinear lenses (great for photographing…