Movies every photographer should watch!

In this modern world, we all indulge in different forms of art but cinema brings us all together. A story conveyed through cinema is a story that stays with us for a long time. No matter how real or dystopian a story is, we always find a way to connect with them on a different scale through cinema. Here are a few films or we should say pieces of art which every photographer should watch.

BLOW-UP (1966)


Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni

The plot of this legendary movie revolves around the life of Thomas.
Thomas is a fashion photographer based in London as one day he makes a surprising discovery. While developing his film, he notices that by mistake he captured a murder taking place in the background of one of his photographs. The movie raises a question about the essence of photography: do we see what we want to see? In what ways is truth Illuminated by photography? This movie is a classic for people interested in photography.

GREGORY CREWDSON BRIEF ENCOUNTERS (2012)



Directed by: Ben Shapiro

This movie is about the artist's creative process and how he brings to life the fabulous photographs based on his dreams. If you've had the chance to see Gregory Crewdson's works. You must already know he is a legend of his time. His works are powerful, charming, and thought-provoking. This is a documentary-style film that has been shot over a decade and gives a glimpse of the very talented and gifted creative individual.

HAND HELD (2010)



Directed by: Don Hahn

In 1989. Romania was struggling right after the fall of the communist regime, Mike Carroll. A documentary photographer travels to Romania during the conflict and captures some of the most horrifying and shocking scenes of the surprising scene of Romania during the 20th century. Mike tells heart-wrenching stories and opens up the vision of the western world to the condition of the helpless in Romania

THE BANG BANG CLUB (2010)


Directed by: Steven Silver

The Bang Bang Club is an emotional film revolving around a heavy topic. The movie follows the journeys of four photographers that went out to document the Apartheid in South Africa. The photographers went into extreme measures to capture what was happening in a torn upcountry to bring the stories back with them.

The movie is based on the book The Bang Bang Club Snapshots from a Hidden War.

ONE HOUR PHOTO (2002)



Directed by: Mark Romanek

Featuring Robin Williams (Sy) as the central character of the thriller-like movie. One hour photo is the story of a clerk who becomes obsessed with a family. Sy runs a photo processing department in a store and is very proud of the work that he does were introduced to his favorite customers, a happy family with a young boy. The family isn't aware of Sy's fascination with their family, a fascination that extends well beyond all considerable boundaries.

WAR PHOTOGRAPHER (2001)



Directed by: Christian Frei

War Photographer is a story about a photojournalist James Nachtwey. He is an extremely passionate professional who is on the journey of covering global conflicts. Through bravery and perseverance, James was able to capture moments others would not even dare. He uncovers the raw reality and the brutality behind a country torn apart by war. While the artist creates beautiful art, his lenses capture death and violence in the process to deliver a loud message that doesn't require a set of words.

WILLIAM EGGLESTON IN THE REAL WORLD (2005)



Directed by: Michael Almereyda

William Eggleston is known as one of the greatest American photographers. He is a man of a few words but with an impressive acquired title of "The Father of color Photography." Some artists just don't like talking about their work which is what makes this movie so valuable and interesting. We get insights into William's personality, his work, and his contribution to the world of photography. He is a true hero and an inspiration for artists across the world.

CITY OF GOD (2002)



Co-directed by: Fernando Ferreira Meirelles & Kátia Lund

City of God regarded as a Masterpiece of contemporary Brazilian cinema. The film explores the themes of poverty, crime violence, and drugs. Set in the slums In Rio de Janeiro, the story shows the events in the life of two young boys, one of them a talented photographer. The movie not only stands out in terms of relevant themes but also shocks in terms of the performances and the hardships during the events. All these things make it a beautiful piece of cinematography.

FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS (2006)



Directed by: Steven Shainberg

Halfway based on a true story. This film explores a fragment in the life of a famous photographer Diane Arbus Starring Nicole Kidman an incredible photographer but also a shy housewife. The movie is about mystery exploration and a blue Planet. The main character pursues taking pictures of people that don't fit into the societal realm and borders.