And your definition of Reality. What it is, what it can be.
From the producers of America’s Next Top Model, comes The Shot – hosted by Russell James, famous for shooting the Victoria’s Secret catalogs.
Here is the rap:
“Ten aspiring photographers move into together and size up the competition for the first time. Their mentor, Fashion photography legend, Russell James welcomes the budding photographers, and reveals what’s at stake: $100,000 provided by the skin experts at Vaseline, a shot at shooting a fashion spread for Marie Claire magazine, and a national ad campaign for Victoria’s Secret.
In the first series of challenges, a nude photo shoot and a very rocky boat ride reveal the glamorous and not-so-glamorous sides of high fashion. Nude flesh, angry seas and upset stomachs all conspire to send one young hopeful home.”
Meet The Contestants.
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Now from across the pond, come this show from the BBC, The Genius of Photography.
This description came onto the website:
“In the course of our 170 year relationship, photography has delighted us, served us, moved us, outraged us and occasionally disappointed us. But mainly, it has intrigued us by showing the secret strangeness that lies beneath the world of appearances. And that is photography’s true genius.
Follow the story of photography in BBC Four’s six-part series ‘The Genius of Photography’. See some of the most famous photographs ever taken and find out more about what made them so very special.”
You may think there is value judgment here. Quite the contrary. We think it is important to see every facet in the world of photography and to see what is there for your personal tastes. One of my associates was quite famous for shooting nudes for a men’s magazine, but had studied with Ansel Adams and his personal work was not only a delicately crafted landscape and form study, but the prints were as masterful
as any I have ever seen.
While one series panders to a broader audience, the middle age of VH1, as part of the realty programming ( yes, they did give us Flavor Flav – The Flavor Of Love) and the other speaks to a more sophisticated inclination with a nod to the historical masters, we are thrilled they are both here and available.
If you are in the UK, let us know how it is. BBC Four ( everyone else can still visit the site and see some great images.
If you are in the states, Let’s see who wins.
( iTunes has the first episode of The Shot so everyone gets to see. For Free)
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