What Are Your Favorite Photography Related Films?
I just saw War Photographer, the documentary based on James Nachtwey’s important photography, over the weekend. It’s a riveting documentary that takes you behind the lens of one of America’s greatest war photographers. While much of the movie details Nachtwey’s amazing reportage with war, much of it also deals with many other places in the world that he has photographed and reported on. Famine in Africa, poverty in Indonesia, and other important topics are examined from a photographer’s perspective.
A very worthwhile film if you have not seen it yet.
I’ve put my own list of favorite photography films here. I tried to put these movies in order based on how great a film I thought it was.
1. War Photographer. Certainly one of the best documentaries on a photographer that I’ve ever seen. Update: Be sure to check out James Nachtway’s talk at TED here (Thanks, Sam!).
2. American Masters: Andy Warhol. A tremendously well done PBS documentary on the life of Andy Warhol.
4. The Genius of Photography. Unfortunately this BBC series is not available on Netflix yet, but is an amazing multi episode series. I watched it a while back when it was on the Ovation Network.
5. W. Eugene Smith, Photography Made Difficult: An excellent biopic on one of the most dedicated photographers that the world has ever know.
6. Fur: An imaginary portrait of Diane Arbus. Although not necessarily entirely historically accurate, an interesting examination nonetheless of Diane Arbus and the interesting subjects she photographed. Nicole Kidman plays Diane Arbus.
In addition to the above movies that I’ve seen, I have a bunch of other photography related movies in my current Netflix queue that I hope to watch in the coming weeks:
The Adventure of Photography: 150 Years of the Photographic Image
Through the Lens: The Dream American Tour
National Geographic: Through the Lens
Diana: Life Through a Lens
Masters of Photography: Diane Arbus
Masters of Photography: Andre Kertesz
Ansel Adams: American Experience
Masters of Photography: Edward Steichen
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol, The Complete Picture
Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye
Born Into Brothels
Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress
Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light
The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia
Standard Operating Procedure
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye
Do you have other photography related films that you’ve enjoyed? Feel free to drop a note in the comments. If you’d like to add me as a contact on Netflix you can do this here.