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Monday, 18 August 2008

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A quick Google search comes up with this as being the" first time on TV".
http://documentingamerica.org/Home.html

I just checked the PBS schedule and, contrary to the NY Times article (where I first learned of the program), the show is scheduled for NEXT Monday, Aug. 25th. Maybe some PBS stations are showing a week earlier?

As you said, check your local listings ... ;-)

Here in the SF Bay Area, my Tivo reports nothing in the next two weeks with either the word "Stryker" nor "Documenting" in the title.

(Just in case Tivo is wrong, I'm going to tell it to record from 10-11PM this evening.)

pax / Ctein

In the New York City area, it's on tonight (Aug 18th) at 10 pm on both Channel 13 and its HD equivalent (713).

This seems to be a no-show show here in Chicago. (If it's not "Peter, Paul and Mary's Reunion" our WTTW isn't interested in showing it.) Next Monday (8/25) PBS begins showing the Democratic Convention (zzzzz).

Shrug. I guess I'll watch the Olympics (replays) tonight.

"What's an FSA?"

Eolake,
Farm Security Administration. The FSA photography project was one of the most extensive and sustained documentary projects in American history. It made the reputations of a handful of mid-century photographers, including Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange, and numerous famous pictures were made under its auspices.

The archive belongs to the American people and can be viewed in its entirety at the Department of Prints and Photographs at the Library of Congress.

Mike J.

For those in the Boston area, this documentary will be shown on PBS WGBH Channel 4, tonight (Aug 18) at 22:00.

Be there or be 4/3.

The Art Sinsabaugh program came on here (SE Virginia PBS) last night. It was fascinating; I have a new hero. I don't know if it was a re-run; it followed the Masterpiece/Mysteries, which are new.

Al; Don't get me started on Art Sinsabaugh. The Art Institte of Chicago held a major exhibition of his work in 2005 and he instantly became one of my all-time favorites, too.

In case you're not aware...
Indiana University has his archive: http://www.indiana.edu/~iuam/online_modules/sinsabaugh/

The catalog of the 2005 exhibition is still available at amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1555952305/ref=ord_cart_shr?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance

Sorry for the digression, Mike.

Ken,
Thanks for the heads-up on the catalog. I'm sure Mike won't mind; I'll order it through the TOP connection :)

Thank you for posting this. It looks like Maryland Public Television will be rebroadcasting both shows soon. The Roy Stryker program on the August 23rd, and the Art Sinsabaugh "American Horizons" on 25th. To be honest I'd never heard of Sinsabaugh before following Ken's links, but I'm looking forward to seeing more. Time to set the Tivo.

My copy of Dorothea Lange's "Daring to Look," was on my front porch tonight. I haven't read any of it yet, but it has the worst image reproductions that I've seen in years -- like low-bid offset printing from the years that Lange actually made the pictures. And not just poor grayscale, but many of them are actually soft, like they had not been scanned, but shot with an out of focus process camera.
Too bad -- I love Lange.

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