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Observations on Photography

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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 Liebmann and Peter Hoving. Liebmann 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. Produced by Fred Barzyk and Olivia Tappan, Directed by Fred Barzyk.

"Frames of Reference" was a series that began circa 1978. Half-hour shows were produced to showcase commissioned and already created works. It was around this time that the focus of the Workshop shifted, to concentrate more heavily on creating works for broadcast. During its time, "Frames of Reference" was the focus of the Workshop's national arts programming effort. The series ended circa 1983.
Documentaries and factual works, Photography
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