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BBC4 at 9pm
Quote: Photographer Rankin re-creates seven of his favourite fashion images, uncovering some of the pictures and personalities that changed the entire fashion industry. By restaging iconic images by Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, David Bailey and Guy Bourdin, Rankin exposes the ways in which fashion photography uses fantasy and beauty to communicate reality
Sounds like it might be interesting to some....... I'll be watching
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Gonna sky + it.... Southend vs Chelski on, looking for a upset
Thanks for the 'heads-up'. Will watch that meself!
shrimpers 1-0 up !!!
Just spotted that so I was logging back on to let you lot know.
Yay for the Shrimpers - who knows, this stuff means nowt to me
Time to switch brain off and stare at square-ish box.........
As someone who is not a fan of fashion photography, I found this program great.
Rankin was much better to watch and listen to than I thought, and whilst I do not think all his covers were a success, it was great to watch the process, reflect on what was going on and just enjoy the trip.
This was the best photography program I have watched. Well done BBC, and credit to Rankin.
Its being repeated at 12:50am BBC4 tonight in case anyone missed it like me.
The BBC web page for the program
Watched it myself - I'm not one for fashion (or fashion photography) but found the programme very interesting. Was amused to see Rankin being uneasy around the half clad male model.
Well. Brilliant. very very very good.
Missed it and it's not on iPlayer. Sounds like it was good.
super stuff, the orignal model in the paris shoot was so much better tan the modern counterpart, and she must have been in her late sixties, such class.
Bailey was great as usual. It was also interesting to see the range of gear rankin used, I like the guy he seemed down to earth and normal, despite all the super models kissing and pawing him.
The male model shoot was funny, but a good result in the end.
I watched as I'm quite a fan of some of Rankin's work. However, I thought it was a good example of stick to what you know. In virtually every case I thought he failed to get the mood of the originals and often (like the Paris shoot) his lighting and atmosphere wasn't a patch on the original.
Just wondering how I'm going to get a couple of elephants in my studio
Missed it at 9, very annoying it's not on iplayer (why?), stayed up to watch the 12:50 repeat! (it's on again 9pm Saturday, btw).
I'm a big fan of Rankin, and it was a very enjoyable programme. I agree he didn't capture the atmosphere of the originals, but it's like musical covers - as techncally good as they may be, they're never going to be the originals.
It was interesting to see how creative those guys were in the pre-photoshop era, and I was surprised at how uncomfortable Rankin had appeared to become at shooting on film. Also that he appeared to struggle the most at recreating Guy Bourdin's lighting.
I thought Sohie Ellis-Bextor, Heidi Klum and Erin O'Connor came across as very personally interested and collaborative in the shoots, it showed that top models are literally more than just a pretty face - although I couldn't help thinking that with that lot and Rankin himself on board, it can't have been a cheap programme to make!
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