Conceived as an introspective journey that takes you from the first daguerreotypes to war photojournalism, from fashion spreads to the greatest contemporary artists, The Adventure of Photography: 150 Years of the Photographic Image includes 1700 pictures and 300 artists, and will appeal to all photographers--amateur and professional alike. This is not only the history of an amazing art form, it is also the adventure of one century and half during which photography has captured the image of the collective conscience. This trip is as dazzling as it is moving, where one crosses paths with such celebrated photographers as Ansel Adams, Brassai, Lewis Carroll, Robert Doisneau, George Eastman-Kodak, Max Ernst, Roger Fenton, Eadweard Muybridge, Helmut Newton, Nicephore Niepce, Man Ray, Edward J. Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Andy Warhol and many more.
In this engrossing, Academy Award-nominated documentary, director Christian Frei follows photojournalist James Nachtwey into the world's combat zones as he fights to capture the struggles of those who face harrowing violence in places such as Kosovo, Indonesia and the West Bank. Nachtwey skirts through murky politics to tell the stories of the suffering in hopes that he can bring attention to their plight, one picture at a time.
At Close Range
A fascinating profile of internationally acclaimed National Geographic magazine photographer Joel Sartore, this PBS documentary provides a behind-the-scenes look at the adventure and dangers of his job, along with the conflicts that arise for him as a husband and father often away from his family. The program also offers a glimpse into the painstaking work of the Washington, D.C.-based National Geographic photo editors.
While sharing amazing stories about his experiences with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and others, famed rock 'n' roll photographer Robert Knight attempts to discover and promote several new musicians whom he hopes will become big stars of tomorrow. Director John Chester's exciting music documentary features appearances by such luminaries as Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Slash, Billy Gibbons and Steve Vai.
An American Journey: In Robert Frank's Footsteps
Paying tribute to Swiss photographer Robert Frank's groundbreaking 1958 book The Americans, French filmmaker Philippe Seclier retraces Frank's footsteps across America with camera in hand, capturing images of contemporary America 50 years later. Along the way, Seclier explores the lasting effects of Frank's book on modern photography and presents a snapshot of American culture from coast to coast.
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
This documentary takes an in-depth look at the influential career of iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz, from her earliest artistic efforts to her storied tenure at Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair magazines and beyond. Intimately filmed by Annie's sister Barbara Leibovitz, the program features interviews with the artist as she works at home, along with telling insights from many of the celebrities she has photographed, such as Mick Jagger.
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye
Exploring the life and work of influential French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, this captivating documentary tells the story of a camera-shy photographer whose vision quietly shaped the emerging field of photojournalism. Focusing primarily on the artist's career from the 1940s to the '60s, the film features memorable images of Marilyn Monroe, Henri Matisse, the liberation of Paris and the death of Gandhi.
Go behind the scenes and experience both the glamour and the darker side of the high fashion industry as filmmaker Ole Schell documents girlfriend Sara Ziff's rise to international model status in this revealing film. Taking place over several years, the documentary features interviews with numerous models in the industry and includes appearances by designers Karl Lagerfeld and Nicole Miller, photographer Gilles Bensimon and others.
National Geographic: Through the Lens
National Geographic holds court in the pantheon of magazine journalism for many reasons, the biggest of which is its breathtaking photography. But what makes a picture perfect? What goes into its creation? By taking ten stills and examining the work that goes on behind the lens, this documentary lets you into the world of professional photography and shows you the glamour, grit and guts that go into capturing some of history's best moments.
The President's Photographer
Morgan Freeman narrates this fascinating National Geographic documentary about the photographers who have commemorated the everyday events and momentous occasions experienced by American presidents during a 50-year span. The program provides special access to the daily routine of Pete Souza, photographer to President Barak Obama, detailing how he and past White House snappers have provided a visual history of the most powerful officials in the world.
This is a quick list and it will continue to grow!