"There was once a photographer who captured murder in his photographs." "A young boy from Rio de Janeiro grew up in a violent neighborhood and then he became a photojournalist." "Another photographer, the one with a broken leg, once witnessed a killing through his telephoto lens." Sounds familiar? No? You might need to watch these films first!
In our ongoing Best of the Best series, we have already featured some of the greatest photographers in history and most of them belong to the masculine kind, such as Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, Robert Capa, and Yoshiyuki Iwase.
Today, let’s get into the movies and take a look at these actors, holding their majestic cameras, who role-played as shutter-heads. It is quite hard to decipher what kind of cameras they were using (you might know them so feel free to share with us!) but without further ado, here are the film stills of some men and their analogue cameras. (Some of these movies were fiction and others were based on real events.)
Dennis Hopper as a photojournalist in Apocalypse Now, 1979
David Hemmings as Thomas in Blow-Up, 1966
Alexandre Rodrigues as Rocket in City of God, 2002
Edward Furlong as Pecker in Pecker, 1998
James Stewart as L. B. Jeffries in Rear Window, 1954 (see also: Alfred Hitchcock)
James Woods as Richard Boyle and John Savage as John Cassady in Salvador, 1986
Which of these fictional photographers do you like most and why? What other films portray stories about male photographers? Perhaps you can find a film still of them and their cameras, too? Share it with us a comment below.