Movies about Photographers:

Finding Vivien Maier: documentary about the newly discovered street photographer

• What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann

• William Eggleston In the Real World

• The Woodmans, about Francesca Woodman and her parents

• Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light

• The Eloquent Nude, about Edward and his wife, model and muse Charis Wilson

• Naked World and Naked Truth, about public nude photo projects by Spencer Tunik

• Wasteland, Vik Munez

• Manufactured Landscapes, about Edward Burtynsky

• Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks

• Diane Arbus

• Annie Liebowitz: Life Through A Lens

• Salt of the Earth, by Wim Wenders, about Brazilian Sabatio Salgado (a must see!)


Movies about Artists:

• Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, about Chinese dissident multimedia artist Ai Weiwei

• Marina Abramovic: the Artist Is Present, Eastern European performance artist

• Rivers and Tides, about environmental sculptor and photographer Andy Goldsworthy

• Touch the Sound, documentary about deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie


Movies Photographers Should See:

• Spring Summer Fall Winter… and Spring (2003), incredible Korean film about life in a Zen temple on a small island

• Baraka (1992), non-narritive documentary

• Poyaanisqatasi (1981), a visual feast with music by Philip Glass

• Koyaanisqatasi (1983), another visual feast with music by Philip Glass

• Raise the Red Lantern (1991), Chinese

• Winged Migration (2001), documentary

• Wings of Desire, directed by Wim Wenders

• Dreams (1990), Japanese, directed by Akira Kurosawa

• Rashomon, Seven Samurai, or any Akira Kurosawa film…


©Douglas Beasley 2015