Preview – Britain in Focus: A Photographic History

Eamonn McCabe - Britain in Focus: A Photographic History

An art form that has arguably been forgotten, we are now a nation surrounded my imagery, with an influx of baby photos, selfies and pictures of food saturating everyday life.

This new series, presented by Eamonn McCabe celebrates Britain’s greatest photographers proving that photography is still an art form to be marveled. Tracing the processes back to its roots, McCabe discovers how science allowed the art to develop and explores how photographers captured the change in our country and the way we live our lives.

In the first of three programmes, he 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.

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History, Monday, 9pm – BBC Four