The Genius Of Photography
Having conquered the street and the road, photographers approached the final frontier: the family and the self. The Genius of Photography â€“ We are Family is about what happens when photography translates personal relationships into photographic ones, when strangers, celebrities, lovers and children get fed to the camera. Itâ€™s also about what happens when photographers turn their cameras on themselvesâ€”what they choose to reveal, and just what they try to conceal.
The chronological heartland of the programme is the me decades of the 1970â€™s and the 1980â€™s. From Diane Arbusâ€™s freaks (we meet Colin Wood, the manic boy clutching the hand grenade in Central Park) to Richard Avedonâ€™s confrontations with celebrities like Marylin Monroe, from the confessional diaries of Larry Clark and Araki, to the uncomfortably intimate family portraits of Sally Mann and Richard Billingham, the series takes a photographic journey into some of the most intriguing ideas of the photographic self, including an unforgettable encounter as Nan Goldin photographs Joey the transsexual..