HISTORY® COMMISSIONS FACTUAL SERIES ‘PHOTOS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD’

 
A+E Networks® UK has commissioned UK production company Touchdown Films to produce a new landmark factual series: Photos That Changed The World.
 
A startling, in-depth look at the most iconic events in recent history through the unique lens of the photographers and images that made them famous, this 6x60 minute series explores the stories behind twelve of the most iconic and unforgettable photos of all time." data-share-imageurl="">
History Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 11:45
 
A+E Networks® UK has commissioned UK production company Touchdown Films to produce a new landmark factual series: Photos That Changed The World.
 
A startling, in-depth look at the most iconic events in recent history through the unique lens of the photographers and images that made them famous, this 6x60 minute series explores the stories behind twelve of the most iconic and unforgettable photos of all time.
 
Each hour long episode will cover two landmark images and stories, the people most intimately involved in their capture and the remarkable impact they had on our culture and our society, after the camera shutter closed.
 
Featured photographs in the series include Neil Armstrong’s photograph of his fellow astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, on the surface of the moon, Ron Edmonds’ images of US President Ronald Reagan as he and his staff fell victim to an assassin’s bullet, Nick Ut’s Pullitzer Prize-winning photo of ‘Napalm Girl’, which encapsulated the horrors of the Vietnam War, Jeff Widener’s photograph of the ‘Tank Man’ in Tiananmen Square, SAS Soldiers on the rooftop of the Iranian Embassy in London, shocking torture at Abu Ghraib prison, a balaclava-wearing terrorist at the Olympic Games, Charles and Diana’s Royal Wedding balcony kiss and Nelson Mandela’s inspiring ‘Long Walk to Freedom’.
 
A one-hour series special will launch on Monday 22nd July, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landings and the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests, as a prelude to the full series launching later in the year.
 
Interviewees for the first episode include Britain’s own Major Tim Peake, space scientist Professor Lucie Green, Tiananmen Square protester Diane Wei Liang and photographer Jeff Widener, who risked his life to capture the iconic Tank Man image and to tell the world of the courage of the Beijing students and their bid for freedom.
 
The series will tell stories through specially shot interviews with photographers, subjects, eyewitnesses, historians and cultural commentators, including the Napalm girl herself, Kim Phuc, SAS hero Rusty Firmin, David Lammy MP, Princess Diana’s bodyguard Ken Wharfe and former Mirror editor Mike Molloy.
 
The series was ordered by Dan Korn, VP of Programming at A+E Networks UK, and is produced by John Osborne of Touchdown Films.
 
Dan Korn said: In a world of ever faster moving imagery and ‘fast-food’ news, it is poignant and enthralling to hear directly from the men and women who captured history-in-the-making and their subjects, as well as an influential handful of the millions who were inspired by them, to change the world.
 
John Osborne of Touchdown Films, added: This factual series retells history from an exciting new perspective – through the eye of a lens. The stories behind these extraordinary photographs are told by
those who were behind the camera and also by those who were caught in the frame. Viewers will get to appreciate the power of photography and also learn just how far some photographers are willing to go to get the perfect shot.
 
Photos That Changed The World is currently in production. Episode 1 (Moon Landing and Tank Man) is due to air on HISTORY on Monday 22nd July 2019 with the rest of the series premiering in September.
 
The series is being distributed by Banijay Rights.