This past July we compiled a list of 40 films about photography that every photographer should watch. Granted, there were a lot of films not included, so we’re now adding to that list. Below are 20 more films about photography every photographer should watch, in no particular order.

1. The Bang Bang Club

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The 2010 film, adapted from the book, The Bang Bang Club: Snapshots From a Hidden War, centers around four photographers documenting the Apartheid in South Africa .

 

2. Finding Vivian Maier

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The 2013 documentary follows the life a Vivian Maier. A relatively unknown photographer until the director of the documentary, John Maloof, won a box of negatives at a Chicago auction that turned out to be Maier’s.

 

3. The Salt of the Earth

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Director Juliano Salgado takes us into the life of Brazilian photographer, Sebastiao Saldago as he travels across the globe to photography people.

 

4. The Woodmans

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A peek into the life of Francesca Woodman, a young photographer known for her self portraits and photos of other women, usually nude.

 

5. McCullin

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Don McCullin, world renown war photographer, sits down and details his harrowing career which has taken him across the globe to war ravaged countries, from Vietnam to Biafra.

 

6. Eyes of Laura Mars

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This thriller, directed by John Carpenter, trusts us into the life of Laura Mars, a fashion photographer whose controversial photos depict violence towards women. She soon begins seeing the murders of her colleagues through the eyes of a serial killer.

7. An Unlikely Weapon

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Directed by Susan Morgan Cooper, An Unlikely Weapon gives up a glimpse into the life of Eddie Adam’s, the photographer best known for the image above during the Vietnam War.

8. Chevolution

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A 2008 documentary about the famous photo Cuban photography Alberto Diaz snapped of Che Guevara. The image has gone on to become one of the most recognizable snapshots in photography.

9. 5 Broken Cameras

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Although not about still photography, this documentary follows the lifespan of 5 cameras owned by one family during conflicts along Israel’s West Bank.

10. Everybody Street

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New York street photographers have documented some of the most iconic photos of all time, this documentary shines a light on some of those photographers.

11.The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia

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Shelby Lee Adams created some of the most iconic photos of poverty in the midwest. Some of these photos, however, were met with controversy and Adams was excused of exploiting his subjects. This documentary delves into the life, work and controversy behind Adam’s work.

12. Eloquent Nude: The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston and Charis Wilson

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A peek into the life of both Edward Weston and Charis Wilson, who met and changed each other’s lives forever.

13. Visual Acoustics

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Narrated by Dustin Hoffman this documentary uncovers the life of famed architecture photography, Julius Shulman. The documentary highlights specific photos taken by Shulman as well as the effect he had on architects and the industry as a whole.

14. What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann

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Considered “America’s greatest photographer,” by Time magazine, Sally Mann uncovers the details of her life and creative process as she begins working on a photo series on death and decay.

15. Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

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Inspired by artists such as Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch, Gregory Crewdson creates haunting photographs inspired by his dreams. This documentary, shot over a decade, gives us an exclusive look into Crewdson’s creative process.

16. A Thousand Times Goodnight

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This visually stunning film, starring Juliette Binoche, includes elements from the life of the director, Erik Poppe, during his time as a photo journalist. From Afghanistan to Kabul to Kenya, danger is ever present.

17. Smash His Camera

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Dubbed “the Godfather of U.S. paparazzi culture,” by Time magazine, Ron Galella was a polarizing figure during his career. Sued by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis twice, Galella stopped at nothing to get the photo he desired.

18. Hand Held

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A documentary following the life of Mike Carroll and his voyage to Romania after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989.

19. Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

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Winner of several awards including the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbra International Film Festival, this documentary highlights African American’s and their role in photography as well as their use of photography for social change.

20. Bert Stern: Original Madman

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Bert Stern has photographed some of the most iconic women in history, from Audrey Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe. This one on one documentary reveals the nature of Stern and his art.

Did we still miss some of your favorites? Make sure they weren’t in the original list, and then let us know what we skipped in the comments below!

  • Ted Esposito

    As a photographer, filmmaker, and cinephile, I am looking forward to working my way through this list! Thanks for the article, Luis!

  • Robert

    This a great source, I have been on a photography journey and what really helped me out in creating some nice pictures has been this E book bit.ly/1IJuHh8 check it out guys. It was worth the investment, there are great ideas on how to use your camera, shutter, backlit, filters, and apply any visual effects. I recommend this for the beginner, has great easy to understand context.

  • Dimitris Bostandas

    Under Fire (1983)
    http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0086510/
    About war photography and ethics

    Also
    War Photographer (2001)
    96 min | Documentary
    Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever

  • Matthew Richards

    Small typo in #1 title – that’s The Bang Bang Club (not Band Bang…)

  • Bang Bang Club is definitely an awesome movie.

  • Kevin Etherington

    Salvador staring James Woods as photo journalists Richard Boyle, great film.

  • Yannis Behrakis

    Under fire!

  • Šehida Miftari
  • Last Images of War

    LAST IMAGES OF WAR is the compelling and tragic story of four photojournalists who covered the Afghan-Soviet war, felt an intense commitment to provide the world with the dramatic images it so craved, and who were ultimately consumed by the story and the conflict they were reporting on. This unforgettable, Emmy-Award winning film explores the motivation and ideals which carried these three men and one woman to their deaths in what was considered a Holy War or “Jihad” against the Soviet Union.

    LAST IMAGES OF WAR is a story told from different cultural perspectives, using compelling original footage and photographs, journal notes and interviews with the four photographers themselves, their families, friends and colleagues. The fifth voice of the film is the poetic, tragic voice of the Afghan nation itself. This is a story about frontline photojournalists, about war, Afghan culture, Islam, grief, families, friendship and the intense personal and professional commitment to risk all to tell a story that needed to be told. Narrated by Ben Kingsley;

    Produced & Directed by Stephen Olsson & Scott Andrews

    http://cemproductions.org/documentaries/lastimagesofwar.html

  • Pawel Adamek

    Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)- biography of Diane Arbus with great creation of Nicole Kidman

  • Larry Giggolo

    The Bang Bang Club ist Hollywood crap. Nothing to do with the REAL club