Panoramic pictures didn’t start with the iPhone. Starting in the 1840s, photographers began to take exquisite panoramic shots of special events, unique groups of people and even everyday life. These detailed long photographs are wonderful windows into the history of transportation, woman’s rights, racial equality and popular culture of an America long gone by. On Inquiry tonight, we speak with Josh Sapan, CEO of AMC Media, the company that operates the cable channels AMC, IFC, WEtv and the Sundance Channel. Josh discusses his new book The Big Picture: America In Panorama a collection of panoramic photographs with commentary by Josh Sapan as well as such luminaries as Yogi Berra, Dick Cavett, Kathleen Turner and Martha Stewart.
William L. Bird, Jr., Curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution returns to Inquiry to talk about his catalog for the exhibition Paint By Number: The How To Craze That Swept The Nation. The hobby kits that were Paint By Number were immensely popular in America of the 1950s, but they became a flashpoint in heated arguments about what constitutes art and high and low culture. Art critics railed against them, but the public loved them. Tune in tonight and learn how these kits were made and who loved them and what kits were the most popular.