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Observations on Photography

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1 videoreel of 1 (28:59 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (28:59 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (D3) (28:59 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (28:59 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (28:59 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
3 folders

Includes a 2" master, Betacam SP and D3 preservation masters, and VHS and 3/4" screening copies of the completed work. Black-and-white negatives, contact sheets, and a photographic print document the production shoot.

In "Observations on Photography," host and "talent" Midge Graves looks at the role played by photography in what was described as a "soft essay." Graves tries her own hand at photography and examines antique photographs at a flea market. Still photographs by artists including Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Walker Evans, and Dorothea Lange are presented with text by each about the art of photography. Graves interviews two artists -- Jerry Liebling and Peter Hoving. Liebling goes on location to shoot older men playing handball and shows Graves samples of his photographs of corpses used in medical school. Peter Hoving, a photographer and filmmaker, shows a video work called "Moments," which consists of street scenes that are arrested by the creation of "stills" in the editing process.

Barzyk, Fred

Barzyk, Fred
Tappan, Olivia
Chiesa, Dorothy

New Television Workshop, WGBH
WGBY, Springfield, MA

Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities
National Endowment for the Arts
Rockefeller Foundation
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Graves, Midge
Hoving, Peter
Leibling, Jerry


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