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12/09/2011 10:48:56 AM · #1
Just thought I'd let people in the UK know about this BBC documentary on the history of life magazine. The link expires at 10pm tonight so I'm a little late in posting this, but for anyone in the UK who hasn't seen it, it's an interesting watch.

Synopsis
Life was an iconic weekly magazine that specialised in extraordinarily vivid photojournalism. Through its most dynamic decades, - the 40s, 50s and 60s - Life caught the spirit of America as it blossomed into a world superpower. Read by over half the country, its influence on American people was unparalleled. No other magazine in the world held the photograph in such high esteem. At Life the pictures, not the words, did the talking. As a result, the Life photographer was king.

In this film, leading UK fashion photographer Rankin celebrates the work of Life's legendary photographers including Alfred Eisenstaedt and Margaret Bourke-White, who went to outrageous lengths to get the best picture - moving armies, naval fleets and even the population of entire towns. He travels across the USA to meet photographers Bill Eppridge, John Shearer, John Loengard, Burk Uzzle and Harry Benson who, between them, have shot the big moments in American history - from the assassination of Robert F Kennedy, the Civil Rights struggle and Vietnam to behind the scenes at the Playboy mansion and the greatest names in Hollywood.

These photographers pioneered new forms of photojournalism, living with and photographing their subjects for weeks, enabling them to capture compelling yet ordinary aspects of American life too. Rankin discovers that Life told the story of America in photographs, and also taught America how to be American.
01/20/2012 08:24:03 PM · #2
The programme's back up on iplayer until the 24th for anyone that missed it last time that might want to watch it. I found it a good watch at any rate.
01/20/2012 09:32:48 PM · #3
Originally posted by HawkinsT:

The programme's back up on iplayer until the 24th for anyone that missed it last time that might want to watch it. I found it a good watch at any rate.


Thanks for the heads up.
It sounds pretty interesting, I'll bookmark it on the Iplayer, if it's still accessible.
01/21/2012 01:47:36 PM · #4
No problem.
01/21/2012 04:23:51 PM · #5
I watched it first time round, well worth seeing.

01/21/2012 04:51:26 PM · #6
I will definately check this out, thanks for bumping the link.

For those interested in watching this and other BBC iPlayer content I can reccommend Identity Cloaker. It's a private proxy server which makes it appear your IP is in the UK. You can also use it to access Hulu and other similar services in the states if you don't live there! I used it for a while to keep up with BBC stuff when I was living abroad.
01/21/2012 07:23:42 PM · #7
Just finished watching it, definitely worth an hours investment of time.
01/21/2012 09:02:16 PM · #8
Just watched it, thanks,excellent. The interviews and photos are as varied as Life's scope over the years, and there is something to learn.
If they just would made documentaries on photography more often.. BBC is always top notch..
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