Most of the photography we are exposed to these days comes from social media. However, if you want to be a photographer, social media may not always be the best place for inspiration. There are many wonderful movies of incredible photographers that you should watch.
Over the years, there have been many great movies and documentaries but these mentioned movies have really contributed photographers’ careers immensely. Most of these films are easily available for streaming or download. So, here is the list in no particular order:
Annie Leibovitz: Life through a Lens (2007)
This awesome documentary takes an in-depth look at the influential career of the iconic photographer, Annie Leibovitz. The movie showed her journey from earlier artistic efforts to her storied tenure at Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair magazines. The program features interviews with the artist as she works at home along with telling insights from various celebrities she has photographed.
War Photographer (2001)
In this engrossing academy-award nominated documentary, director Christian Frei follows photojournalist James Nachtwey into the world’s combat zones as he fights to capture the struggles of those people who face harrowing violence in Kosovo, West Bank and Indonesia.
Sebastiao Salgado – The Salt of the Earth (2015)
The Salt of the Earth is a 2014 French-Brazilian biographical documentary film which is directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. It perfectly portrays the works of the Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary at the 87th Academy Awards.
Richard Avedon – Darkness and Light (1966)
In the world of fashion and celebrities, the son of a Russian-Jewish immigrant, Richard Avedon became one of the most famous and influential photographers. The documentary follows Avedon’s 50-year career photographing both the famous and infamous.
The Bang Bang Club (2010)
The movie chronicles the lives of 4 young combat photographers who put their lives at risk just to capture the pictures of the final days of apartheid in South Africa. This movie was based on a true story and really amazed the audiences. It was a great hit.
It is an engaging, provocative murder mystery which examines the existential nature of reality through photography. It was Antonioni’s first film in English and quickly became one of the most important and popular films of its decade and a milestone in liberalized attitudes toward expressions of nudity.
Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult (1989)
In this documentary drama, the life of W. Eugene Smith is recreated with Peter Reigert playing the esteemed photojournalist whose World War II images literally defined the photo essay genre. Interviews and footage reenactments chronicle Smith’s brilliant career.
Magnum Photos – The Changing Of a Myth (1999)
This movie explored the history and work of one of the world’s best photo agencies. The director showed the agency the way it appeared at that particular point in time like a group of artists with the need to adapt to a changing market.
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