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Eamonn McCabe explores how science and technology allowed pioneering photographers like Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron to create a new art form.

Series in which Eamonn McCabe celebrates Britain's greatest photographers, sees how science allowed their art to develop, and explores how they have captured our changing lives and country.

In the first of three programmes, Eamonn goes back to the 19th century to trace the astonishingly rapid rise of the photograph in British life. Eamonn explores the science behind early photography, and shows how innovative photographic techniques made possible the careers of pioneers like Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron. He sees how great figures of the age such as Queen Victoria and Isambard Kingdom Brunel were captured on camera, and revisits the Victorians' sense of wonder about the 'natural magic' of photography and the role it played in their lives.

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Tue 7 Jan 2020 00:00

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:38

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata No. 16 In C, K. 545 - Allegro

  • 00:42

    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh (Proms 2015)

  • 00:53

    Gustav Holst

    Brook Green Suite: II. Air

  • 00:58

    The Kinks

    People Take Pictures Of Each Other


Role Contributor
Presenter Eamonn McCabe
Executive Producer John Das
Series Producer Alastair Laurence
Production Manager Nicole Larmour


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