“Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes the part of the past.”
- Berenice Abbott
“Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes the part of the past.”- Berenice Abbott
Whenever we sit back and imagine the iconic creations by photographers, we are always intrigued by an abyss of flashes. We find Sharbat Gula: the ‘Afghan Girl’ by Steve Mccurry, Jeff Widener’s ‘Tank Man’ depicting the “unknown rebel” standing in the way of the tanks that threatened a peaceful protest in China; Photographer Arthur Sasse’s image of Albert Einstein’s on his 72nd birthday. There are innumerable pictures that pop up in our conscience as soon as the mere word ‘Iconic images’ is uttered. Not a perplexing reaction indeed. As the famous photographer, Anne Geddes once quoted, “The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.”
World, when looked at through the prism of photography is clearer and away from biasedness and hoax. And we have witnessed innumerable instances of the same time and again. But what is more intriguing than these iconic images is the lives of the artists behind the lens, who could create history with just a click. There are a host of documentaries, books, and some short films about photography which are readily accessible through the internet and there are some jaw-dropping and thrilling adaptations on the lives of photographers which are beautifully adapted on the silver screen.
Here is the list of 10 movies that any photo enthusiast should never miss.
1) BLOW-UP (1966)
Crime, drama, mystery | IMDb: 7.7/10
A successful London based photographer is living the life, he always wanted with beautiful models for easy sex, and some substance for the high of life. A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park. This thriller was nominated for 2 Oscars and topped the charts for many years altogether.
2) “Fur”: An imaginary portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
Biography, Drama, Romance | IMDb: 6.5/10
This Robert Downey Jr. and Nichole Kidman starrer is about Diane Arbus, who turns her back on her wealthy, established family and falls in love with Lionel Sweeney, an enigmatic mentor. Respectable though her life is, she cannot help but feel uncomfortable in her privileged world. Lionel introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century.
3) Rear Window(1954)
Mystery, thriller | IMDb: 8.5/10
Professional photographer Jeff is stuck in his apartment, recuperating from a broken leg. Out of boredom, he begins to spy on his neighbors and comes across a shocking revelation. The wheelchair-bound photographer becomes convinced that one of them has committed murder. This thriller goes beyond the realm of suspense and delivers a fantastic overpowering sense of surprise when the movie ends.
4) The Bang- bang Club (2010)
Biography, Drama, History | IMDb: 7.0/10
The 2010 film, adapted from the book, The Bang Bang Club: Snapshots From a Hidden War, centers around four photographers documenting the Apartheid in South Africa. This realistic movie will take you to the grass roots of sufferings on either side of the camera. It is beautifully rounded and handcrafted to meet the expectations of the viewership.
5) The Mexican Suitcase(2011)
Documentary | IMDb:7.8/10
In 2007, three boxes showed up in Mexico containing previously unseen photographs of photojournalist and Magnum member Robert Capa. In addition to Capa’s negatives, material from Gerda Taro and David Seymour, two other important photographers that had covered the Spanish Civil War, were also found. The photography movie “The Mexican Suitcase” tells the story of the mysterious journey of the long-forgotten photo-material of these famous photographers and how it finally appeared again.
6) War Photographer(2001)
Documentary, War | IMDb: 8.0/10
“War Photographer” is the intimate portrait of photojournalist James Nachtwey. Passionate about his job, he documents the horrors of global conflicts. This exceptional photography movie gets as close as possible to the mind of Nachtwey. It portrays a man in his heroic attempt to show the cruel reality and brutality of war.
7) William Eggleston in the real world (2005)
Documentary, biography | IMDb: 6.4/10
William Eggleston often called “The Father Of Color Photography”, has a reputation of being a man of very few words. He just doesn’t like to talk about his images. Once he barked back at a journalist asking him something: “That’s about one of the stupidest questions I’ve ever heard.” That’s what makes this photography movie all the more special. It gives a rare glimpse at the person behind some of the most iconic pictures in the recent history of photography.William Eggleston and his ability to turn banal into a piece of art has become the reference for generations of future photographers. Photography movies seldom have been better than this one.
8) City of God (2002)
Crime, Drama | IMDb: 8.7/10
This electrifying picture is part tender coming-of-age film and part gang-warfare epic from the Brazilian slum. Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. The roller coaster ride that this movie is thoroughly enthralling and completely fulfilling.
9) Guest of Cindy Sherman (2010)
Documentary | IMDb: 6.5/10
A documentary on art-scene commentator Paul Hasegawa-Overacker's relationship with enigmatic photographer Cindy Sherman. The film's restraint, along with its openness to many points of view, is not only admirable but makes for a more entertaining movie. At once a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse, bittersweet autobiography and a witty trip down art-world memory lane.
10) Everlasting Moments (2008)
Biography, Drama | IMDb: 7.5/10
In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her whole life. Elegant and intimate, Everlasting Moments moves at the deliberate and gentle pace of a classical European period drama. What makes the photographer's story so compelling is that her life's work actually does come alive onscreen.
Written by Shivam Tiwari for WorldPhotographersClub.com
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