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Odyssey of Life: The Photographer's Secrets   -  Discontinued

Odyssey of Life: The Photographer's Secrets

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60 min.
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WGBH Boston Video
Floating peacefully inside its mother, a tiny fetus flexes its fingers and sucks its thumb. Breathing amniotic fluid into its lungs, it makes a strange, hypnotic sound. Now, the photographer who led us into this awe-inspiring world of the womb has agreed to take us behind the scenes of his own work. For the first time ever, Lennart Nilsson reveals the state-of-the-art techniques that gave us The Miracle of Life and so much more.

How does he capture the exact moment of conception? How does he (without special effects) turn a beetle into a menacing dinosaur--while rendering "tiny" humans in super-sharp focus as well? How does he convince a famous opera star to solo for him--with an endoscopic camera in her mouth? "I know where that little camera has been," the reluctant singer quips.

For decades, this unparalleled photographer has astonished the world with images--from the creatures under the sea to the viruses inside our cells--that make visible the mysteries of life. Yet Lennart Nilsson has kept his own secrets to himself...until now.

Special DVD features include: Access to the NOVA Web site featuring an interview with Lennart Nilsson, a time-lapse sequence of growing embryos, an online teacher's guide, and more; chapter search; English audiotrack; and subtitles.

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