movies about photographyby farawaylaughter | created - 22 Nov 2014 | updated - 02 Mar 2018 | Public
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R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in love with Lionel Sweeney, an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century.
Votes: 15,224 | Gross: $0.22M
Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography
Heinz Bütler interviews Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) late in life. Cartier-Bresson pulls out photographs, comments briefly, and holds them up to Bütler's camera. A few others share ... See full summary »
Votes: 320 | Gross: $0.03M
3. McCullin (2012)
91 min | Documentary
To many, Don McCullin is the greatest living war photographer, often cited as an inspiration for today's photojournalists. For the first time, McCullin speaks candidly about his ... See full summary »
75 min | Documentary
The meaning of art itself comes into question in this documentary about Shelby Lee Adams' controversial photos of families in Appalachia.
5. Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography
An intimate portrait of Anton Corbijn as he travels the world as a photographer, film maker and video artist. A unique and revelatory look at the drama and conflict inherent in the man ... See full summary »
6. Everybody Street (2013)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History
EVERYBODY STREET, directed by Cheryl Dunn, illuminates the lives and work of New York's iconic street photographers - including Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Ricky Powell... See full summary »
7. Monk with a Camera (2014)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, News
Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a ... See full summary »
Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Biography, Romance
A documentary on the relationship between curator Sam Wagstaff, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and musician/poet Patti Smith.
9. Bert Stern: Original Madman (2011)
Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary
"Bert Stern: Original Mad Man" is the definitive voyage into the life and work of one of America's most influential photographers. Photographing the world's most alluring women in fashion ... See full summary »
Votes: 225 | Gross: $0.03M
10. Alasdair Gray: A Life in Progress (2014)
94 min | Documentary, Biography
Alasdair Gray is one of the giants of Scottish Arts, gaining a reputation as a great writer, artist, notorious drunkard, irascible interviewee and controversial essayist. In this intimate ... See full summary »
11. Naked States (2000)
R | 80 min | Documentary
Photographer Spencer Tunick travels the U.S. in search of volunteers to pose nude for his outlaw photo-shoots, all of them done out in public and often without legal permits. This ... See full summary »
12. Style Wars (1983 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing.
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary
A journey inside the world of a legend of modern art and an icon of feminism. Onscreen, the nonagenarian Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw-an uncompromising artist... See full summary »
14. Under Fire (1983)
R | 128 min | Drama, War
Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979.
Votes: 6,885 | Gross: $5.70M
R | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, News
Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.
Votes: 16,220 | Gross: $3.41M
16. Dying to Tell the Story (1998 TV Movie)
95 min | Documentary, Biography, War
This documentary studies the motivations of journalists dedicated enough to risk their lives for a story. We follow narrator Amy Eldon on a personal journey to find meaning in the death of ... See full summary »
17. The Bang Bang Club (2010)
R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History
A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.
Imagine (2003– )
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, History
Barbara Leibovitz's intimate biography of her sister the photographer Annie Leibovitz.
20. Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge (1989)
95 min | Documentary, Biography
A camera crew follows Helmut Newton, the fashion and ad photographer whose images of tall, blond, big-breasted women are part of the iconography of twentieth-century erotic fantasy. He's on... See full summary »
22. One Hour Photo (2002)
R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller
A mentally unstable photo developer targets a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.
Votes: 114,544 | Gross: $31.60M
24. The Cameraman (1928)
Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire.
28. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways.
Votes: 60,120 | Gross: $0.08M
33. The Photographer (1974)
PG | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A murder story with a comedic twist. A famous photographer uses his models for more than taking pictures. He needs them as victims to satisfy his blood-lust. Each murder becomes more bizarre than the next.
34. The Killing Fields (1984)
R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.
Votes: 51,504 | Gross: $34.70M
35. Going Where I've Never Been: The Photography of Diane Arbus (1972 TV Short)
28 min | Documentary, Short
The work of photographer Diane Arbus as explained by her daughter, friends, critics, and in her own words as recorded in her journals. Illustrated with many of her photographs. Mary Clare ... See full summary »
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary
A documentary on the photographer Robert Frank.
Votes: 52 | Gross: $0.03M
38. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery
A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.
Votes: 13,164 | Gross: $1.51M
39. Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
A documentary shot over a decade with unprecedented access to photographer Gregory Crewdson that bares the artist's process.
Votes: 564 | Gross: $0.06M
40. Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary
A documentary on art-scene commentator Paul Hasegawa-Overacker's relationship with enigmatic photographer Cindy Sherman.
42. Life Through a Lens (2011)
17 min | Short, Drama
50 years of struggling with her own family's identity, Rose realizes she must conquer her fears of rejection or continue living her photographic fantasy, hiding behind the strangers she ... See full summary »
45. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.
Votes: 697,906 | Gross: $7.56M
46. High Art (1998)
R | 101 min | Drama, Romance