Picture This (Channel 4)

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Picture This
Genre Reality
Directed by Tom McDonald[1]
Tom Coveney[2]
Judges Martin Parr
Brett Rogers
Alex Proud
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 3
Executive producer(s) Donna Clark[1]
Sam Anthony[1]
Producer(s) Tom McDonald[1]
Renegade Pictures[3]
Editor(s) Jan Younghusband[1]
Running time 48 minuets
Original channel Channel 4
Original airing 6 January 2008[4]

Picture This is a cross-platform project from Channel 4, London about photography, in collaboration with independent TV producers Renegade Pictures and Flickr, the photo sharing website.[4]

Picture This comprises a short reality television series following the progress of six up and coming photographers as they are guided by a group of established photographers and gallery owners, and a website (www.channel4.com/picturethis) which is designed to help people improve their photography in a friendly, constructive environment.

The TV show takes the form of a constructive competition judged by photographer Martin Parr of the Magnum Photos photo agency, Brett Rogers of the Photographers' Gallery and Alex Proud of Proud Galleries.[4]

The TV series consists of three hour long episodes, first broadcast in the UK in January 2008.[4] The project was commissioned by Jan Younghusband[1] and Adam Gee.[4]

The six competitors were Aron Brown, Lucinda Chua, Elizabeth Gordon, Jay Mawson, Carolyn Mendelsohn and Edward Thompson.[1] Elisabeth Gordon eventually won.[5] The prize for the winner was an exhibition at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and a book publishing deal.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Press Release", by the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
  2. ^ "IMDb", article in Internet Movie Database.
  3. ^ a b "Renegade Pictures", Page of created formats
  4. ^ a b c d e "Inside some of Channel 4's new media projects", 'The Guardian' article about the new media aspect of the show, 21 December 2007
  5. ^ "List of articles", about the exhibition of Elisabeth Gordon's photos at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.