The Big List of Documentaries About Photography

Want to watch a non-fiction film about photography? Here’s a list of documentaries (and some other stuff) concerning photography that I’ve collected over the years.


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Films By Photogs



  • Bring Your Own Doc: A conversation with director Jeff Malmberg about Marwencol – YouTube
  • Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography 2012 – YouTube
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson Interviewed by Charlie Rose – YouTube
  • Inside Media: The President’s Photographer – YouTube
  • James Nares – STREET – Lecture – Vimeo
  • Joel Meyerowitz 1981 Street Photography Program – YouTube
  • Magnum Photos – Earthlings by Richard Kalvar – YouTube
  • Magnum Photos – Personal Best by Elliott Erwitt – YouTube
  • ‪Mark Feeney: “Four Photographers on Three Wheels: William Eggleston’s Tricycle and Before”‬ – YouTube
  • Peter Fraser 2011 talk on his work and workshop assignment – Vimeo
  • Sarah Moon is a Master of Photography (from Contacts) – YouTube

Feel free to suggest any films we’ve left off the list in the comments below.

About the author: Wirjo Hardjono is a photography enthusiast who enjoys finding and watching films about photography. This article originally appeared here.

Image credit: film-reel by eelke dekker, Be Kind Rewind film reel by seafaringwoman


Everything You Thought Was Real in The Great Gatsby Was Visual Effects

At this point even the most gullible of filmgoers must realize that nearly every movie has been digitally enhanced in one way or another. Long gone are the days when talented VFX artists were only called on to bring spaceships and dinosaurs to life; these days directors like Baz Luhrmann spend millions on effects to simply help bring even a few lamp posts to life.

The Great Gatsby’s VFX Supervisor Chris Godfrey posted this collection of awesome before and after shots completed by FX shop Animal Logic, showing how Luhrmann used extensive digital techniques to create camera moves and locations that would have otherwise been incredibly challenging and expensive through traditional filmmaking techniques. And even though The Great Gatsby is far from what one would consider a Hollywood blockbuster, the film still contained almost 1,500 digitally manipulated shots. [Gizmodo]

When We Were Kings

Decades ago, documentary filmmaker Leon Gast attempted to complete a feature about the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” championship bout between boxers Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire.

Sundry complications, though, held up the project until its release in 1996.

It was well worth the delay. From Gast’s perspective of modern history, the six weeks Ali and Foreman were forced to spend waiting in Africa for their fight to take place now looks like an important moment in America’s cultural understanding of African American roots.

In a nutshell, Ali had been stripped of his heavyweight champion title because his opposition to the Vietnam War-era draft had landed him in prison.

Reigning champ Foreman agreed to a Don King-promoted match in Kinshasa, but after all parties got there the fight was put off.

Gast captures the charismatic Ali, in the ensuing days and weeks, going out among the people and getting to know them while the more reclusive Foreman keeps to his own company.

Meanwhile, King brings over black American artists such as James Brown and the Spinners to mix it up with African musicians.

The sense of excitement and connection is thrilling, as is the boxing footage of Foreman and Ali finally taking swings at one another in a titanic duel.

Writers George Plimpton and Norman Mailer, each of whom was covering the fight as journalists, are on hand to recollect the details. Whether you’re a fight fan or not, this is a unique experience and a fascinating insight into America’s sense of identity.

When We Were Kings Trailer:

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature, Beauty, Gratitude

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

This piece includes his short film on Gratitude and Happiness. Brother David Steindl-Rast’s spoken words, Gary Malkin’s musical compositions and Louie’s cinematography make this a stunningly beautiful piece, reminding us of the precious gift of life, and the beauty all around us.
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Get to Know Chef John from Food Wishes

Chef John joins us for this edition of Meet & Eat to tell us about himself, his culinary experience, and walks us through a mahi-mahi ceviche. So give yourself a little break, it’s Friday after all, and watch this episode of Meet & Eat with the host and creator of Food Wishes.

When you’re done, head over to Food Wishes and see what else Chef John has been cooking up: