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Photographing Africa- Harry Hook

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    guidoa  131331 forum posts United Kingdom
    11 Mar 2014 - 8:42 PM

    Did anyone see this programme on BBC4 9pm yesterday? Some brilliant photos and subjects.

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    brian1208 e2 Member 1110366 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Mar 2014 - 12:16 AM

    quite brilliant and what a man, he had real empathy for the people he met and I loved the different reactions of the women he managed to find again after so long

    Strange to see him using what looked like a medium format Pentax film camera but printing out some images using a digital printer Smile

    Griff2012 e2 Member 2346 forum postsGriff2012 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Mar 2014 - 8:03 AM

    It was a moving programme. We should all take something from it - the women Harry Hook traced all said they were at their happiest right now. No looking back or worrying about the future.

    Brian, he was using a medium format camera and explained to the herdsmen that the photos would need to be developed back in the UK before printing. The images he was printing off in the field were from digital copies of the original images he had taken thirty years ago. Wonderful images then and now, fragile times for those people.

    12 Mar 2014 - 3:34 PM

    A fantastic programme. I didn't want it to end! I thought his camera was a medium format Fuji(?)

    brian1208 e2 Member 1110366 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Mar 2014 - 4:00 PM

    yep, I'd spotted that he was using a Medium Format film camera, my comments were about the juxtaposition of having a film camera and needing to send the films back to the UK whilst using the digital technology of what looked like a dye sub printer.

    In my simple mind I wondered why he wasn't using a digital MF body, then he could have shown the cattle herders their images as he took them (as they seemed to expect)

    It took nothing away from the brilliance of the programme or his images, 'twas merely a stray thought Smile

    cuffit  7180 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Mar 2014 - 6:29 PM

    I also enjoyed this programme - the exposure on the final shots was excellent; the story telling excellent as well. I thought he might have brought digital images of the women that he had photographed with him so he could give them a print - but then he had prints to show the guide so that seemed odd. As mentioned by Brian, a very minor point in such a great programme.


    sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Mar 2014 - 8:37 PM

    totally entrawling programme thanks for pointing it out also very thought evoking too

    StuartAt e2 Member 91034 forum postsStuartAt vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Mar 2014 - 9:41 PM

    Is it possible he was using a film body so that he didn't have to worry about battery charging in sometimes remote locations? Or perhaps he just likes the thrill of wondering if he nailed the shot! Tongue

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