Snapshots

Colin Ford tells the stories behind five groundbreaking photographs and how they changed the world.

Episodes

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01Jacob A Riis: Police Lodging Room, Church Street Station, 189519991206

Riis's photographs of the New York slum had an immediate and extraordinary impact on society, pioneering the style of crusading journalism that continues today.

02Julia Margaret Cameron: Portrait Of Thomas Carlyle, 186719991207

The significance of this haunting portrait is in the life-size reproduction of the head.

03Four Legs, Muybridge, 187219991208

No animal painting and no vet's understanding was ever the same again after Edward Muybridge's sequence of photographs proved that a horse had all four feet off the ground when galloping.

04Eddie Adams: Execution Of A Vietcong Suspect, 196819991209

This execution was reproduced in newspapers around the world within hours of being taken and is credited with ending the Vietnam War.

05 LASTLennart Nilsson: The Inner Child19991210

The first ever photograph of a live fetus taken inside its mother's womb.

01Joanne Coates Aboard The Happy Hooker20171211

Following Joanne Coates as she photographs fishermen Annie and Ian Gilbert.

Following four distinguished photographers at work on four very different photo shoots, exploring both sides of the story: the process of photographing and of being photographed.

It seems like we're all photographers now, and never have more photographs been taken - events documented, lives snapped, moments frozen. With high quality cameras in most back pockets these days, it's been estimated that a trillion photographs will be taken this year.

What are we doing when we point a camera at something - and why?

In this series we get behind the lens, as we hear about the process and practice of professional photographers. What motivates them? What are they trying to capture? Which shots work best?

And, crucially, what do they think they're doing?

This programme follows the photographer Joanne Coates as she continues her on-going project documenting the fishing industry around the UK. She returns to Poole in Dorset, where she goes out with the fishermen Annie and Ian Gilbert on their boat the Happy Hooker.

Each programme will be accompanied by an on-line gallery of photographs.

Producer: Martin Williams.

01Mahtab Hussain: Honest With You20171218

Following photographer Mahtab Hussain.

Following four distinguished photographers at work on four very different photo shoots, exploring both sides of the story: the process of photographing and of being photographed.

It seems like we're all photographers now, and never have more photographs been taken - events documented, lives snapped, moments frozen. With high quality cameras in most back pockets these days, it's been estimated that a trillion photographs will be taken this year.

What are we doing when we point a camera at something - and why?

In this series we get behind the lens, as we hear about the process and practice of professional photographers. What motivates them? What are they trying to capture? Which shots work best?

And, crucially, what do they think they're doing?

In this programme we follow the photographer Mahtab Hussain as he continues his project documenting the changing identity of British Muslim women.

Each programme will be accompanied by an on-line gallery of photographs.

01Mark Neville At The Seaside Social Club20171204

Following Mark Neville as he photographs an evening at a Port Talbot social club.

Following four distinguished photographers at work on four very different photo shoots, exploring both sides of the story: the process of photographing and of being photographed.

It seems like we're all photographers now, and never have more photographs been taken - events documented, lives snapped, moments frozen. With high quality cameras in most back pockets these days, it's been estimated that a trillion photographs will be taken this year.

What are we doing when we point a camera at something - and why?

In this series we get behind the lens, as we hear about the process and practice of professional photographers. What motivates them? What are they trying to capture? Which shots work best?

And, crucially, what do they think they're doing?

This week, following the artist-photographer Mark Neville as he documents an evening at the Seaside Social Club in Port Talbot, South Wales.

Each programme will be accompanied by an on-line gallery of photographs.

Producer: Martin Williams.

01Mother20171127

Following photographer Matthew Finn still documenting his mother's life after 3 decades.

Following four distinguished photographers at work on four very different photo shoots, exploring both sides of the story: the process of photographing and of being photographed.

It seems like we're all photographers now, and never have more photographs been taken - events documented, lives snapped, moments frozen. With high quality cameras in most back pockets these days, it's been estimated that a trillion photographs will be taken this year.

What are we doing when we point a camera at something - and why?

In this series we get behind the lens, as we hear about the process and practice of professional photographers. What motivates them? What are they trying to capture? Which shots work best?

And, crucially, what do they think they're doing?

But as well as a programme about the photographer at work, it's also a programme about the photographer's subject - about the people and places being photographed, the world that the photographer is momentarily entering - and what it means to have a camera pointed at you.

The first programme features an extraordinary project spanning 3 decades of intimate family life. In 1987 Matthew Finn began photographing his mother, Jean, in their everyday Leeds family home. 30 years later, Matthew still travels to take photographs but, as we discover, human frailty is now testing the bond between mother and son.

Each programme will be accompanied by an on-line gallery of photographs.