BBC Four photography season

BBC Four’s Photography Season kicks off tonight with the start of a 3 part series called ‘Britain in Focus: A Photographic History‘.

Eamonn McCabe celebrates Britain’s greatest photographers, sees how science allowed their art to develop, and explores how they have captured our changing lives and country.

Throughout this three-part documentary series, Eamonn sees how the art form has developed, examining some of the unforgettable images from pioneers of British photography, including Julia Margaret Cameron, Fay Godwin, Cecil Beaton, Christina Broom, John Bulmer and Vanley Burke. From the first ‘big bangs’ of photographic development and early technology, through to the impact that captured images had on the development of journalism, photography emerged as both an art form and a tool for reflecting and recording the world around us.

Next up, we have ‘The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun‘ Margaret Mountford travels to Egypt’s Valley of the Kings to discover the story of an unsung hero of British photography – Harry Burton, the man whose images of the Tutankhamun excavation created a global sensation in the 1920s.

What Do Artists Do All Day? Photographer Dougie Wallace’s eye-catching images capture life on the streets of Knightsbridge and Chelsea in all its blinged-up glory – from women dripping in diamonds and designer shopping bags, to men cruising around in gold-plated Lamborghinis.

This film follows Wallace as he finishes Harrodsburg, an acclaimed photography series documenting the super-rich in one of the UK’s most wealthy and exclusive postcodes.

‘Smile! The Nation’s Family Album’ From the first family holidays captured on Kodachrome to fond memories of waiting for the prints to arrive, from the father who photographed his son every day to a couple’s touching love affair chronicled in pictures, the film offers a revealing portrait how of we have documented our changing lives.

‘On Camera: Photographers at the BBC’  this programme reveals the working practices, lives and opinions of some of the greatest photographers of the last 60 years. From Norman Parkinson to David Bailey, Eve Arnold to Jane Bown, Henri Cartier-Bresson to Martin Parr, for decades the BBC has drawn our attention to the creators of what has become the most ubiquitous contemporary art form. Pioneering BBC programmes like Arena, Monitor and Omnibus have given unique insights into the careers of photographies leading practitioners. Through a selection of fascinating clips, this programme brings into focus the key genres – fashion, portraiture, documentary and landscape – and the characters behind the camera who have helped defined them.

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