The passion around photography can be triggered by many sources available in life. One such source is the great stories about other photographers. The most visual form to get in touch with a story is with the wonderful world of film. Thanks to movies and documentaries, we can get in touch with the life and intimacy behind great photographers. I want to talk here about six movies that I consider to be great.
The Bang Bang Club
This wonderful movie is pretty different from the book of the same title, which is great too, but let's focus on the movie. The story is very straightforward and it narrates how Greg Marinovich got involved with a particular group of photojournalists in South Africa during the end of the apartheid. The group was formed by João Silva, Kevin Carter, and Ken Oosterbroek. This might be a little spoiler, but after this involvement, the story addresses how Greg Marinovich and Kevin Carter both earned Pulitzer prizes with various photographs. It also covers how political interests and social scrutiny can lead photojournalists to despair and conflicts. This was a very special movie for me because it led me to learn more about film photography. I was in a very dry time of inspiration, and my involvement with film photography, thanks to this movie, aided me in becoming more conscious when pressing the shutter button. Film photography has so many values to takeaway. Official Trailer
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There are two valuable facts about this fantastic movie directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. The first is the great cinematography in the hands of Carlo di Palma, and the other is the mysterious story behind the main character, who is a photographer.
About the author
Federico has 10 years of experience in documentary photography. He's dedicated to long-term photo-essays and is a University Professor teaching Photography, and you can get to know him better here