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'New Brighton' (detail), Martin Parr

Programme 6: Snap Judgements

What is a photograph worth these days? The current record for a single image is $2.9m. From America to China to Africa, we examine how the business of being a photographer has been changed by the art market's sudden interest in what was once its poor relation.

Snap Judgements also looks at the impact of the digital post-production techniques that make anything possible.

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    Snap Judgements (Programme 6)

    Shows how photography has become part of the art world where a single image can cost $2.9m and, in the digital world, where all images are possible.

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