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Seven Photographs that Changed Fashion - TV

cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
14 Jan 2009 7:57PM
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
KevinGoodchild 19 1.2k 9 England
14 Jan 2009 8:01PM
Gonna sky + it.... Southend vs Chelski on, looking for a upset Wink
muzzeyman 17 293 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 8:24PM
Thanks for the 'heads-up'. Will watch that meself!
KevinGoodchild 19 1.2k 9 England
14 Jan 2009 8:28PM
shrimpers 1-0 up !!!
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 8:37PM
Just spotted that so I was logging back on to let you lot know.
cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
14 Jan 2009 8:57PM
Yay for the Shrimpers - who knows, this stuff means nowt to me Smile

Time to switch brain off and stare at square-ish box.........
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 10:08PM
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.
Eightball 13 14 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 10:13PM
Its being repeated at 12:50am BBC4 tonight in case anyone missed it like me.
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 10:23PM
hollkj 16 217 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 11:34PM
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.
keith selmes 17 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 11:38PM
Well. Brilliant. very very very good.
User_Removed 14 2.1k 7 England
15 Jan 2009 7:49AM
Missed it and it's not on iPlayer. Sounds like it was good.
ZenTog 19 7.9k 1 England
15 Jan 2009 8:03AM
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.
Henchard 15 2.7k 1 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 8:30AM
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 Smile
SteveCharles 18 2.3k 18 England
15 Jan 2009 8:47AM
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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