Must-Watch Films for Every Photographer


Here's a list of films about photography and photographers, recommended for every passionate shooter out there.

Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954)

This film is not only one of the greatest films ever made about photographer, but also one of the greatest films ever made. It's what you can expect from a Hitchcockian film. This film stars James Steward, a wheelchair-bound photographer who may or may not have witnessed a murder. Bonus here is Grace Kelly as the leading lady.

Krzysztof Kieslowski's Camera Buff (1979)

This film is about a motion photographer than of a still photographer, following the story of a factory worker from a small town, who buys an 8mm home movie camera to document the birth of his child. The film is more than of artistic passion which all can relate to, but is also the beginning of an obsession. If you want thought-provoking ideas as it studies the psychology of the camera, you'd surely enjoy this.

Claudia Weill's Girlfriends (1978)

"Girlfriends" is considered one of the most influential films in he history of feminist cinema. It's a coming-of-age tale about a photographer trying to make her way in New York City, and learns the business. Her flatmate gets married and moves out, hence forcing her to adulthood. This film's theme is of passion; the photographer, like every artist, tries to make a career out of her passion. Again, a very relatable film.

Edward Sedgwick & Buster Keaton's The Cameraman (1928)

This is a romantic-comedy, in which the lovelorn hero trades his camera for an equipment and establishes himself as a newsreel photographer, hoping to gain the affections of his love interest. Buster Keaton's performance will surely entertain you.

Michaelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up (1966)

"Blow Up" is a masterpiece most cinephiles rave about. It is the first photography-centric movie considered by many. The film follows a fashion photographer who turns his passionate shoot of two models into a sexual one, one that would inspire many shutterbugs. The title is meant to refer to the protagonist blowing up an image, making it bigger and bigger so he can take a closer look of his life and surroundings.

John Maloof & Charlie Siskel's Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

This documentary film is one of the best examples of a biographic documentary. This is a story about a photographer who did not get to witness her success and fruits of passion during her lifetime. We see Vivian Maier as a photographer, long before her genius was found.

Christian Frei's War Photographer (2001)

This is another documentary film, but this time on the war photographer James Nachtwey, a legend. This film reveals the horror of war and the experiences in them, a contemplation of how a mere, citizen-photographer becomes part of something bigger, and horrifying. To be armed with a camera instead of a gun in the battlefield, is something else.

Fernando Meirelles & Katia Lundi's City of God (2002)

This film follows a young man in Rio de Janeiro, in a poor and crime-ridden neighborhood. To escape his reality, he turns to photography and tries hi best as a budding photojournalist. The film is as complex as the protagonist, and is links the relationship of photography to humanity and the entire world.

Stanley Donen's Funny Face (1957)

For moviewatchers who want a light screening, this is for you. Funny Face is filled with great music and performance, courtesy of leading lady Audrey Hepburn, who is a model for a photographer played by Fed Astaire -- a slight mimicry of the fashion photographer Richard Avedon.

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  1. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    Smoke by Wayne Wang. Don't forget it!

  2. oykuoge
    oykuoge ·

    And "The Salt of the Earth"

  3. krisht
    krisht ·

    Eyes of Laura Mars with Faye Dunaway (Thriller set in the world of fashion photography)
    Bang Bang Club (Conflict photographers in apartheid South Africa)

    There are lots of great documentaries about photographers that never made it beyond the film festival circuit. Some are on Netflix and Amazon, such as Bill Cunningham New York (who always shot on film)

  4. b2377
    b2377 ·

    Remember this one?

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