TVO celebrates the artistry, the craft and the power of photography



    
    TVO's Photography Month presented by Henry's showcases the world's great
    photographers in 15 eye-opening documentaries
    

    TORONTO, April 13 /CNW/ - What can an image reveal about its subject?
about the motivations of its artist? about the world we live in? Beginning
Sunday May 3 and running throughout the month, TVO focuses its lens on the
artistry, the craft and the power of photography in 15 revealing
documentaries. The films profile the work and lives of influential
photographers and examines how their images have reflected and shaped their
time and our society. TVO Photography Month is presented by Henry's and airs
in conjunction with Toronto's CONTACT Photography Festival (May 1-31 2009).
    On hand to provide his insight on the artists and their work is acclaimed
Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, who will introduce films presented on
Sunday and Thursday nights. Burtynsky's own work - and the messages it conveys
about our world - is the subject of Manufactured Landscapes, a TVO-co-produced
film that airs Sunday May 31 as part of this special lineup of programming.
    Viewers are encouraged to watch all 15 films and collect special keywords
(photographers' names) that will appear on screen during each documentary.
Then online at tvo.org/photographycontact they can enter TVO's Photography
Month contest for a chance to win a $1000 digital camera package from Canon.
Complete contest details will be available on the microsite along with the
full Photography Month schedule, program descriptions and videoclips.
    Descriptions of the 15 documentaries airing during TVO Photography Month
follow below. To preview some of the films, please visit TVO's May Media
Highlights at http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/mmnr/tvo/may2009/

    
    Annie Leibovitz: Life through a Lens - TVO premiere
    Sunday May 3 2009 at 9 pm

    The woman behind the iconic images of Hollywood luminaries, pop culture
glitterati and political power hitters is the subject of this fascinating
documentary that charts her life and career through the various phases that
shaped it. From childhood, the tumultuous 60s and touring with the Rolling
Stones to Leibovitz's work at Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair magazines and
later, motherhood, the film reveals the evolution and aspirations of
inarguably one of today's most influential visual artists.


    Eloquent Nude: The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston and Charis Wilson -
    Canadian premiere
    Sunday May 10 2009 at 9 pm

    Edward Weston was an emerging genius of modern photography when he met the
much younger Charis Wilson, his muse, model and, eventually, wife, in 1934.
Wilson, who had a 12-year relationship with Weston, was the subject of the
artist's famous nudes. Filmmaker Ian McLuskey chronicles the couple's
relationship, their creative process and the way in which they transformed
photography - and each other - in the depths of the Great Depression.
    Immediately following Eloquent Nude, catch an encore presentation of the
half-hour film Peppers and Nudes: The Photographer Edward Weston for more on
the life and work of one of 20th-century photography's great figures.


    What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann - TVO premiere
    Sunday May 17 2009 at 9 pm

    Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Cantor captures
American photographer Sally Mann as she undertakes her latest project, What
Remains - a provocative photo series that contemplates death and decay, and
America's attitudes towards dying. Along the way, Cantor paints a revealing
portrait of the artist as she returns to her family home in Virginia and
speaks candidly about her own feelings toward death, her personal life and
career trajectory.


    Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project - Canadian premiere
    Thursday May 7 2009 at 10 pm

    Model-turned-photographer Tierney Gearon's photographs have been called
manipulative, disturbingly ambiguous, even perverse. In 2001, controversy
arose over what some considered offensive photos of Gearon's nude and masked
young children being exhibited at London's Saatchi Gallery. Authorities even
threatened child pornography charges. In The Mother Project, we follow three
tumultuous years in Tierney's life as she assembles her most daring and
emotionally complex body of work to date: a series on her manic-depressive
schizophrenic mother. More than a window into Gearon's creative process, the
film ponders the complexities of relationships and the bonds that keep a
family together against overwhelming odds.


    Girl in a Mirror: A Portrait of Carol Jerrems - Ontario premiere
    Thursday May 14 2009 at 10 pm

    A look at the work of 1970s photographer Carol Jerrems, whose life was
tragically cut short by illness, at the age of 30. Drawing from hundreds of
her photographs, the short films she made, and interviews with friends and
colleagues, this award-winning film traces the passionate and exuberant course
that Jerrems took through Australia's subculture during this turbulent decade.


    The Genius of Photography
    Mondays May 4 - June 8 2009 at 10 pm

    This six-part series explores the history of photography through the key
events and images that have marked its development, and contemplates how the
camera has changed the way we understand the modern world and ourselves.


    Daddy Tran: A Life in 3D
    Wednesday May 6 2009 at 10 pm

    Director Siu Ta illustrates one man's lifelong passion for photography and
his desire to leave behind a legacy of 3-D photos. Photography touched all
aspects of the complex but charismatic Hai Tran's life, from his early work as
a photographer, through his flight from his native Vietnam to his settling in
Calgary and opening one of Canada's largest used camera stores.


    Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer
    Wednesday May 13 2009 at 10 pm

    Filmmaker Nancy Schiesari delves into the life and work of this
German-born American photographer whose depictions of the casualties of social
injustice appeared in virtually every picture magazine in the world from the
1930s to the 1950s, the golden age of photojournalism.


    The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover
    Wednesday May 20 2009 at 10 pm

    Filmmaker Paul Yule takes a look at the scandal surrounding missing prints
of renowned American photographer O. Winston Link. Was Conchita, Link's
adulterous ex-wife and manager, a cold-hearted money-grubber? Or was she
framed?


    The True Meaning of Pictures
    Thursday May 21 2009 at 10 pm

    Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal examines the work of controversial
photographer Shelby Lee Adams and his striking portraits of families in
Appalachia.


    Ansel Adams
    Sunday May 24 2009 at 9 pm

    An in-depth exploration of the life and art of photographer Ansel Adams,
best known for his dramatic black-and-white images of America's wilderness
areas, and his efforts to conserve the nature that he photographed.


    Dolce Vita Africana
    Wednesday May 27 2009 at 10 pm

    A culture seen through a camera lens: Malian photographer Malick Sidibe's
snapshots from the late 1950s to the early 1970s capture the carefree spirit
of youth asserting their freedom from colonialism in the early days of Malian
independence - until a coup ushered in decades of austere military
dictatorship.


    Stars by Helmut Newton
    Thursday May 28 2009 at 10 pm

    Celebrity subjects discuss the style and influence of the late fashion
photographer Helmut Newton upon the publication of his 466-page, 66-pound
retrospective book of his work.


    Manufactured Landscapes
    Sunday May 31 2009 at 9 pm

    Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal follows Edward Burtynsky through China as he
shoots the evidence and effects of the country's massive industrial
revolution. While some cities boom, others become dumping grounds of its
waste.
    

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information,
visit tvo.org.

    Where to find TVO

    Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Bell TV channel 265,
Star Choice channel 353.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Angela Garde, TVO
Communications, (416) 484-2600 ext. 2305, agarde@tvo.org


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