15 Best Movies About Photography That You Should Watching Update 07/2024

Movies About Photography

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When the holidays arrive, it’s time to gather with loved ones, share good cheer, and indulge in delectable treats. It’s also a great opportunity to cozy up with a good book or watch photography movies in bed on a cold winter day.

List of movies for photographers, either directly or indirectly related to their work. Here are some movies on photography that we think you’ll love.

1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The depiction of Walter Mitty’s fantasies and dreams in the first photography film on our must-watch list is intriguing. Life Magazine’s negative assets manager is Walter. For the sake of the magazine’s next issue and the completion of his coworker’s work, he embarks on an urgent search for Negative #25. A newfound sense of adventure is sparked in Walter as he embarks on the journey of a lifetime.

2. Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)

A living legend, Gregory Crewdson is well-known to everyone who has seen his art. His paintings are awe-inspiring, enthralling, and challenging. For this film, we follow the photographer’s creative process, and how he brings his dreams to life through photography. One of the most remarkable and highly creative individuals is featured in this documentary-style video, which was shot over a decade.

3. Hand Held (2010)

After the fall of communism in Romania in 1989, the country was in turmoil. These disturbing and terrifying images were captured by Mike Carrol, an award-winning documentary photographer who traveled to Romania at a time when it was at its most violent. Mike’s heartbreaking stories expose the plight of Romania’s hapless population to a wider audience in the West.

4. The Bang Bang Club (2010)

The Bang Bang Club (2010)

The Bang Bang Club is a heartfelt photography film on a heavy subject matter. As four photographers go out to record apartheid in South Africa, the film follows their experiences. For the sake of bringing back stories from a war-torn country, the characters went to great lengths. The Bang Bang Club: Snapshots From a Hidden War is the inspiration for this film about photography.

5. Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

Diane Arbus is the subject of this film, which is based in part on a true story. The film, starring Nicole Kidman, an eccentric photographer who is also a bashful housewife, explores mystery, exploration, and unique skill. Photographs of people who don’t fit into cultural norms and boundaries are the primary focus of the protagonist.

6. William Eggleston: In The Real World (2005)

It is widely accepted that William Eggleston is one of America’s greatest photographers. “The Father of Color Photography,” as he is known, is a modest title for a modest man. The fact why this documentary about photography is so valuable and interesting is due to the fact that some artists just do not like talking about their work. We get a glimpse of William’s personality, his work, and his impact on the photographic community. In the eyes of many artists, he is an icon and a source of inspiration.

7. One Hour Photo (2002)

One Hour Photo (2002)

The thriller-like photography film stars Robin Williams (Sy) as a one-hour photo clerk who becomes enamored with a family. Sy runs the photography department of a store and takes great pride in what he does for a living. A lovely family with a young child is introduced to us as one of his most loyal customers. The family is unaware of Sy’s obsessive interest in them, an interest that goes far beyond what is appropriate.

8. City of God (2002)

As a “masterpiece of contemporary Brazilian cinema,” City of God merits a particular place on our list. Poverty, criminality, violence, and drug abuse are all addressed in the film. The movie chronicles the lives of two young boys, one of them is a gifted photographer, in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. In addition to the timely subjects, this photographer’s favorite also shocks with its performances and the harsh portrayal of events. It’s a stunning piece of filmmaking and a must-see for photographers.

9. War Photographer (2001)

The film War Photographer tells the narrative of James Nachtwey, a photojournalist. He is a professional with a great deal of drive who is dedicated to reporting on world crises. James is able to catch moments that others would not dare because of his courage and determination. He exposes the ugliness and unvarnished realities of a war-ravaged country. As he captures images of murder and violence, the artist also makes exquisite works of art to convey a message that doesn’t need words. It’s also one of the best documentaries about social issues that have ever been made.

10. Blow-up (1966)

Blow-up (1966)

The events in Thomas’ life are the focus of this storied film about photography. Thomas is a London-based fashion photographer who discovers an astonishing find one day. After seeing that he had a murder in the backdrop of one of his images while processing his film, he decides to look into the matter more. Do we see what we want to see in photographs, or do we see what we really are? What are some of the ways that photography sheds light on the truth? For those with an interest in photography, this film is a must-see.

11. Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge (1989)

Helmut Newton is a well-known fashion and advertising photographer recognized for his portraits of beautiful ladies who are typically tall and blonde. All of twentieth-century aesthetics were brought together in Newton’s edgy style. Frames from the Edge is a superb documentary film on photography. This film will also show you the landscapes of Berlin, Paris, Monte Carlo, and Los Angeles from a fashion photography perspective because Helmut Newton rarely shot in studios.

12. Rear Window (1954)

It doesn’t matter where a photographer is locked up. A New York magazine photographer with a shattered leg is the focus of this suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock film. The photographer takes shots of his next-door neighbors to pass the time. You’ll be challenged to think about the line between private and public life as you watch this film about a photographer.

13. Photograph (2019)

Photograph (2019)

A little downtime and love in the heart may be just what the doctor ordered. The story of a street photographer in Mumbai and the shy girl he almost forgot to photograph is told through the eyes of an Indian filmmaker in this slightly naive film. Until the protagonist’s grandma confirms that her grandson has a bride, she refuses to take treatment. In order to show his grandmother that he cares, he has the stranger pose for him. This film isn’t about photography as an art form, but it does a good job of making the audience think that happiness is out there for everyone, including photographers.

14. Proof (1991)

Is it possible for a blind person to take photos? This Australian comedy-drama has one character who can. When he has a camera, he uses it to find out from others where he has been and what he saw. Images are shown to others, and the photographer asks them to explain what they saw in their minds. As a result, photography serves as a catalyst for social relationships and the introduction of new acquaintances. Weaving, who starred in the Matrix, is the protagonist in this photography-themed film, which also features Russell Crowe.

15. Ship of Theseus (2012)

Ship of Theseus (2012)

This is an Indian art-house drama in which a blind experimental photographer is one of the heroes. If we replace the ship’s components with new ones and then assemble another ship from the original components, which one will be the original (Ship of Theseus)? The video is based on an ancient Greek paradox called Ship of Theseus. The film’s protagonists must find answers to the same question. Due of the film’s unusual metaphoric aesthetics and ancient Greek connections, photographers may find it interesting.

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