Written by: Elisabeth Cadoche, Roger Therond, and Philippe Azoulay
Directed by: Philippe Azoulay
- All ten episodes on two discs
Released by: Kultur
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Check it out from the library.
You ever look closely at an hourglass? You can watch the flow of sand from one bulb to another, but itâ€™s nearly impossible to track the individual grains. Those grains are like moments of time; the flow is easier to see than its components. What photography does is take a moment, capture its image with optics then freeze it in chemistry. The Adventure of Photography gives an overview of what people have done with this seemingly magical process. From the stark reality of scientific photography and photojournalism to the flights of fantasy of surrealism and fashion, from the beauty of the naked human form to the horror of that form mutilated by war, this series touches on how photography has changed how we see the world and ourselves.
There is nothing on these two discs apart from the episodes themselves. Thereâ€™s not even any chapter selection for the individual episodes. I know I can fast forward to the middle of an episode if I need to, but chapter stops are so standard, they are conspicuous in their absence. And a separate photo gallery to see the photos without having to search an episode would have been nice too. These would have added some needed oomph to a decent series. All in all, The Adventure of Photography is good enough to watch, but itâ€™s not worth spending money on.