Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
For this last program in the three-part American Photography: A Century of Images documentary that aired on PBS, directors Muffie Ellen and Meyer Hovde show how the American perception of war was once again heavily influenced by photography. The war this time was in Vietnam. Throughout the final decades of the 20th century, artists manipulated photographs, from the Marilyn Monroe series by Andy Warhol, to the computer graphic renderings on home computers of the '90s. The program also tackles the issue of privacy and surveillance photos that can be taken from satellites overhead or from unseen places within a person's house. Highlights of this program include archival motion picture footage and numerous archival photos. Written by Ronald Blumer and narrated by Harris Yulin, major corporate funding of this documentary was provided by Kodak.
photography, computers, hidden-camera, pop-art, retrospective, surveillance, war-correspondent