Documentaries and photographic Inspiration

February 24, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

I have to say that I’m a documentary junkie. Yes I admit it! Everyday I’m browsing Netflix for the recent additions. I’m happy to say that my source for documentaries is plentiful. During my daily documentary fixes I have run across a few very titles well suited for photographers.

Here is my list of recommendations:

Bill Cunningham New York

This is a quirky, feel-good story about an 80 year old photographer that has spent his entire adult life photographing stylish people in the streets of New York City. His tireless passion for photography just makes you want to grab your camera and hit the streets. I just loved his personality and his ability to capture that moment. This is a “must see” for anyone interested in street photography.

 

An American Journey: In Robert Frank's Footsteps

Paying tribute to Swiss photographer Robert Frank's groundbreaking 1958 book The Americans, French filmmaker Philippe Seclier retraces Frank's footsteps across America with camera in hand, capturing images of contemporary America 50 years later. Along the way, Seclier explores the lasting effects of Frank's book on modern photography and presents a snapshot of American culture from coast to coast.

 

At Close Range

A fascinating profile of internationally acclaimed National Geographic magazine photographer Joel Sartore, this PBS documentary provides a behind-the-scenes look at the adventure and dangers of his job, along with the conflicts that arise for him as a husband and father often away from his family. The program also offers a glimpse into the painstaking work of the Washington, D.C.-based National Geographic photo editors.

Who doesn't dream about being a National Geographic magazine photographer?

 

Rock Prophecies

While sharing amazing stories about his experiences with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and others, famed rock 'n' roll photographer Robert Knight attempts to discover and promote several new musicians whom he hopes will become big stars of tomorrow. Director John Chester's exciting music documentary features appearances by such luminaries as Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Slash, Billy Gibbons and Steve Vai.

 

The Photographers

Often letting the works speak for themselves, this compelling documentary looks into the lives of veteran National Geographic photographers and the grueling work that goes into their award-winning images. The photographers provide detailed accounts of their preparation, the dangers they've encountered and the physical trials they've endured. A bonus feature focuses on the African travels of wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert.

 


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