Jan 21, 2023

Best Movies to Watch for Photographers: A Guide to Cinematic Inspiration

As a photographer, you always seek inspiration and new ways to see the world around you. One of the best places to find inspiration is in the movies. The medium of film is a powerful tool that can transport you to different places and times, and inspire you to see the world in new and exciting ways. Here are some of the best movies for photographers, each offering a unique perspective on photography and the world around us.

  • "The Salt of the Earth" – This documentary follows the work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent his career capturing the struggles and triumphs of people around the world. This film is a great way to see the world through the eyes of a master photographer and to gain a deeper understanding of the power of photography to tell stories and raise awareness

The Salt of the Earth

  • "The Act of Killing" – This film is a chilling and powerful look at the role of photography in documenting and exposing human rights abuses. The film follows a group of Indonesian death squad leaders as they re-enact their atrocities for the camera, and offers a thought-provoking look at the role of photography in shaping our understanding of the world.

The Act of Killing

  • "Finding Vivian Maier" – This documentary tells the story of Vivian Maier, a mysterious street photographer who took over 100,000 photographs during her lifetime, but never showed them to anyone. The film offers a unique perspective on the power of photography to capture the beauty and complexity of everyday life and raises questions about the role of the photographer in the creative process.

Vivian Maier

  • "In Jackson Heights" – This film is a cinematic exploration of the diverse neighbourhoods of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York. The film captures the energy and vitality of the community and offers a unique perspective on the role of photography in documenting and preserving culture and community.

  • "Kodachrome: "Kodachrome" is a 2018 film directed by Mark Raso, which tells the story of a dying father and his estranged son who take a road trip to Kansas to develop rolls of film before Kodak stops making Kodachrome film. The movie is a story about family and relationships and a tribute to the art of photography and the power of images to preserve memories. Throughout the film, the audience is treated to flashbacks of the father's past as a successful photographer, and the Kodachrome film symbolizes the passage of time and the importance of preserving memories. The film also explores the theme of authenticity versus artifice in photography, as the father struggles to come to terms with the fact that his photographs may not be entirely true to life. The film also features stunning cinematography, with beautiful shots of the American landscape and nostalgic nods to the art of film photography. "Kodachrome" is a must-watch for photographers and photography enthusiasts, as it offers a thought-provoking look at the role of photography in our lives and the power of images to shape our understanding of the world. By the way, Kodachrome is one of my personal favorites'. 

In conclusion, the world of film offers a wealth of inspiration for photographers of all levels. From documentaries about famous photographers to fictional stories exploring photography’s power, there is something for everyone. Whether you're a professional photographer looking for new ideas, or simply someone who appreciates the art of photography, these movies are sure to inspire and delight.

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