Unlike shouting stereotypes such as the damsel in distress and the knight in shining armor-photographers in movies are more than just for camera tricks. That’s why instead of showing you the usual films by and about the greats like Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, or David LaChapelle—we want to share some movies with fictional photographers. After all, simultaneously seeing what is behind and in front the camera can make all the difference.
Richard Avedon was a designer and consultant for this film. If that’s not enough to make any photographer interested—the plot is about Dick Avery (Fred Astaire), a fashion photographer working with Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson), publisher and editor of Quality magazine. Both are looking for a new intellectual look and then they find bookshop clerk Jo Stockton portrayed by no other than the beautiful Audrey Hepburn.
Yann Tiersen’s score is enough to capture your heart, but Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s character-driven narrative has more on its sleeve than sound bites. Despite Amélie’s eccentricities, she finds love in a man who collects abandoned passport photographs in photo booths. While this movie always makes it to arty lists, it’s not without a reason. It’s like a moving postcard of Paris without the stiffness of the said medium. Though not showing a photographer archetype per se, it offers an insightful look on man’s affinity to oddballs and obsessions.
Lost In Translation
Sofia Coppola’s best work to date expresses alienation as Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) accompanies her celebrity photographer boyfriend John (Giovanni Ribisi) in an assignment in Tokyo. John’s role is very minimal but his role captures today’s creative urbanite in a hotshot mission while he and Charlotte suffer the consequences of their commercial-crazed lives.
With the release of Green Hornet and upcoming release of Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern, and Transformers 3, you’ll be well hyped up for 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Remember, before Peter Parker was a hero, he was first a photographer. Indeed, this movie proves that photography has its own life-affirming effects.
Dubbed as a mod classic, Michelangelo Antonioni’s Cannes Grand Prix-winning work is about a British photographer’s entanglement in a murder caught on film. He realizes this upon blowing up his negatives. The movie tickles every photographer’s hunger for grit and adventure. What’s even amusing is how the protagonist’s lifestyle was prior to his involvement in the crime. Before hell broke loose, he was actually in a hedonistic heaven filled with dope, music, free love, and hip happenings.