In this blog post, I list a few very interesting photography related documentaries. I will try to post a new blog post every few months with additional documentaries.
One of the most surprising photography discovery in the last decade was Vivian Maier. Vivian Maier spend most of her time (after 1956) in Chicago, United States where she worked full time as a nanny. After her working hours, she spent hours on taking snapshots of people, demolition of historic landmarks and the lives of diverse groups of people. Most interestingly, she hid all this meticulously catalogued work, comprising more than 100.000 negatives. Maier’s massive body of work came to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side.
National Geographic – The Photographers
This documentary shows the way, the engagement, the techniques and the life (at least part of it) of National Geographic photographers. It is not very clear when this documentary was created, I suppose it must be around 1990.
Die Leica Geschichte
This documentary (in German) shows the history of Leica, the company and the man, Ernst Leitz II. that brought the Leitz camera on the market, a small camera that revolutionised the photography world in the 1920’s.
Dorothea Lange – An American Odyssey
Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange’s photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.
Some of Lange’s photographs are part of ‘The Bitter Years’, the last exhibition famous photographer Edward Steichen curated as the Director of the Photography Department of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The original photographs are on permanent display (image rotations) in Luxembourg since 2016.
Edward Weston – The photographer
Chicago born Edward Henry Weston (1886–1958) has been called “one of the most innovative and influential American photographers…” and “one of the masters of 20th century photography.”