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HBO Backs Mann & Frankham's 'Witness': Doc Series Follows War Combat Photographers

Television
by Sophia Savage
February 28, 2012 5:26 PM
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Michael Mann

HBO has lined up a new doc series "Witness" from "Luck" filmmaker Michael Mann; he and David Frankham will produce. The series will follow young war combat photographers as they go into conflict zones throughout Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya. The series aims to "show audiences why, when everyone else seeks cover, the war photographer stands."

Mann says: "David Frankham and I share an admiration for combat photography that captures the universal – and sometimes the indescribable – in a single frame in the midst of chaos and danger.” Frankham adds that the show will not provide any historical context, rather their goal is to "immerse the audience via intimacy with the photographer into the intensity of a situation as it’s developing, as they risk their lives to capture one piece of the truth.”

Three episodes are now in production, while the first episode has already shot in Juarez, Mexico.

This will be fascinating, and tough to watch. It calls to mind last year's "The Bang Bang Club," which was based on real-life experiences of combat photographers in the last days of apartheid in South Africa, as well as the loss of "Restrepo" documentarian and combat photojournalist Tim Hetherington and photographer Chris Hondros last April.

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