“World of Photography” – an informative and entertaining TV series from the 80s


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“World of Photography” was a 30-minute TV series with a focus on photography that was broadcast once a week between 1985 and 1991 on ABC, A&E and on The Travel Channel. It has influenced an entire generation of photographers in the US. In those six years where the series was on air, 175 episodes consisting of more than 450 smaller segments were broadcast. You can find 200 of these segments on the YouTube channel World of Photography.


I enjoy watching such old television series, especially those from the 80s. The fashion and hairstyles of that period keep making me smile over and over again. 😉 However, World of Photography is more than just entertainment. Even though people used to shoot film almost exclusively at that time, a lot can be applied to digital photography as well. So I think you can only agree with the channel’s description:

Photography has changed greatly over the last twenty-plus years, but much of the program content from "World of Photography" is extremely relevant to today's digital photographer.

The real highlights are the episodes with celebrity guests like Annie Leibovitz, Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant and Gregory Heisler.


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