Arlington, VA – June 21, 2021 – Streaming on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel this July are “ICON: Music Through The Lens” and “In Their Own Words, Season 2,” among others. “ICON,” is a new six-part series that takes viewers on a fascinating journey through the history and cultural impact of music photography, from the roots of record sleeve photos to music magazines and coffee table books. And each episode of “In Their Own Words” focuses on some of the most memorable quotes spoken by an internationally renowned figure: words that describe the subject creatively and intimately, illuminating their fascinating personalities, and spotlighting their profound significance. Season two highlights Chuck Berry, Jimmy Carter, Angela Merkel, Elon Musk, Princess Diana, and Pope Francis.

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Information about each of the programs is listed below:

(Photo Credit: Baron Wolman)

ICON: Music Through the Lens

Premiere Date: July 17, 2021
Episodes: 6
Genre: Documentary, Music, Photography

Built from passionate and often irreverent interviews with the world’s most renowned music photographers, alongside musicians, gallerists, journalists, and social commentators, “ICON: Music Through the Lens” is a six-part mercurial journey through the history and cultural impact of music photography. From the initial question of: “What makes an image iconic?,” the documentary series seeks answers by exploring studio portraits, record sleeves, magazine covers, and on-stage shots, from gallery exhibitions to coffee table books and the fine art world, finally to Instagram and social media, ending on another question: “After all this visual creativity, what does the future look like in the digital age?”

ICON” connects richly recounted rock’n’roll stories and striking photographs across multiple musical genres and eras, with a rich and varied soundtrack. Presented as an informative and highly entertaining study, the six episodes fully engage with their subject and contexts. Hidden in plain sight, music photography is revealed as one of popular culture’s most visceral, enduring, and popular art forms.

(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

In Their Own Words, Season 2

Premiere Date: July 21, 2021
Episodes: 6
Genre: Documentary, Culture, History

Using a fresh and innovative combination of interviews, archival footage, and state-of-the-art graphics, “In Their Own Wordsis a powerful and intimate journey into the lives and minds of some of the most compelling icons of our time. This season’s artfully crafted biographies feature President Jimmy Carter; Pope Francis; Angela Merkel; Elon Musk; Diana, Princess of Wales; and Chuck Berry

Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel

in July:

Downing of a Flag

FRONTLINE: Boeing’s Fatal Flaw

FRONTLINE: The Power of the Fed

FRONTLINE: Leaving Afghanistan

Nature: Santa’s Wild Home

Saving the Ocean, Season 1

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