Monday, May 13, 2013

Best Documentary Movies Photographers should watch..

Photography has picked a lot of allies this years,i see different photographers from my country trying to do best portraits..and why lie they are doing good.
 I came across a good but also tricky question "what makes a photograph great?" this was kind of a question that the late Kelvin Carter was asked!!

Today i have a list of best documentary movies about photography and photographers,i understand there plenty of them but i managed to pick a few that i have also watched..

  • Bang Bang club

A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa. particularly between 1990 and 1994, from when Nelson Mandela was released from prison to the 1994 elections. Malin Åkerman plays the role of Robin Comley who does everything she can to publish the horrific pictures as portrayed by them.

  • War Photographer (2002).  

A study of James Nachtwey on assignment in Kosovo, Palestine and Indonesia using a movie camera attached to his SLR its enlightening how the subjects in these harrowing situations are wholly complicit in the image making process.

  • National Geographic the photographers (1996)
This is an informative and interesting documentary about the NG Photographers and what they do to get "the picture". It was made in 1998 but goes back further than that with anecdotes from the first publication of the magazine. Although I did not think their lives were "glamorous", I had no idea of how remote, dangerous, or heart rending some of their assignments were. I definitely recommend this.
  • William Eggleston in the Real World [2005]

Photographer William Eggleston created a sensation in the art world in 1976 when a collection of his work went on display at the Museum of Modern Art. While the Memphis native's work went against the grain of the conventions of art photography of the day with their heavily saturated colors and oblique, seemingly careless framings, in time critics developed an enthusiasm for his work, and one critic cited the show as "the beginning of modern color photography." Filmmaker Michael Almereyda is an admirer of Eggleston's photography, and created a film portrait of this reclusive artist as he shoots a commissioned assignment in Kentucky.
  • Annie Leibovitz – Life Through a Lens [2006]

Annie Leibovitz. The film directed by her sister, Barbara Leibovitz, depicts the various phases that shaped her life while tracing her photographic life producing some of today's most recognizable and iconic photos. The film was broadcasted as part of PBS's award-winning series, American Masters, as the finale for its 20th Anniversary season.An absolutely MESMERIZING film.
  •  What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann [2008]
is a 2005 film directed and produced by Steven Cantor, which documents the photography and story of photographer Sally Mann at her Virginia farm home. The movie documents the photographer's progression from a child to a mother, and the struggles Mann faces through her public and private life.

  • The Genius of Photography [2007]
The best filmed introduction to the magic of photography. The BBC at its best in six episodes. Interviews with some of the world’s greatest living photographers including William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, William Klein, Martin Parr, Sally Mann, Robert Adams, Juergen Teller, Andreas Gursky and Jeff Wall.

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye [2006]
Heinz Bütler interviews Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) late in life. Cartier-Bresson pulls out photographs, comments briefly, and holds them up to Bütler's camera. A few others share observations, including Isabelle Huppert, Arthur Miller, and Josef Koudelka. Cartier-Bresson talks about his travels, including Mexico in the 1930s, imprisonment during World War II, being with Gandhi moments before his assassination, and returning to sketching late in life. He shows us examples. He talks about becoming and being a photographer, about composition, and about some of his secrets to capture the moment.

  • Contacts, Vol. 3: Conceptual Photography (2001)
Features Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans, Roni Horn, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and other contemporary photographers told in their own words.

  • Bill Owen - Suburbia

  • Manufactured Landscapes [2006]
Follows Edward Burtynsky at work in China and Bangladesh and the USA. Filmed by Jennifer Baichwal in a complimentary refined aesthetic to Burtynsky’s work. Beautiful.


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