Photography on Television

Unsurprisingly, television programmes dedicated to photographers tend to take the biographical approach.

Instead of engaging with recent photography history or contemporary debates, last year’s Imagine on Martin Parr presented him as a birdwatcher. The influence of his twitcher parents, it was suggested, led him to become the peoplespotter he is today. There was virtually no mention of any other photographers. Thus the programme ended with the bejumpered Parr snapping people at an airport as the camera swirled around him, cutting occasionally to shots of birds in flight vignetted as if through his lens. Parr stood alone, affected only by his own early life.

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Published in Photoworks Issue 2, 2004
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