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Top 10 Movies Every Photographer Must See

9th Apr 2015

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Take this weekend as an opportunity to watch top 10 Movies for every photographer must see. That will inspire your approach to photography.

Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali , English: Song of the Little Road) is a 1955 Bengali drama film directed by Satyajit Ray and produced by the Government of West Bengal, India. Satyajit Ray’s most famous work is like a set of black and white photographs. The first film in the Apu trilogy, Pather Panchali depicts the childhood of the protagonist Apu (Subir Banerjee) and his elder sister Durga (Uma Dasgupta), and the harsh village life of their poor family. This film got many awards.

City of Go

City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. One of the boys grows up to be a photographer and the other, a drug dealer

Born into Brothels

Calcutta’s Red Light Kids is a 2004 American documentary film about the children of prostitutes in Sonagachi, Kolkata’s red light area.. The movie won an Oscar for the Best Documentary, Features in 2005. Plot of the movie is a documentary Photographer went to Calcutta to photograph prostitutes. While there, she befriended their children and offered to teach the children photography to reciprocate being allowed to photograph their mothers.


A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. Several dozen mesmerized shots photographer would love to have captured digitally or on film. The movie was filmed by a crew of five people and took 14 months to make.


A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. Several dozen mesmerized shots photographer would love to have captured digitally or on film. The movie was filmed by a crew of five people and took 14 months to make.

Ansel Adams: American Experience (2002)

Ansel Adams is best ever landscape photographer. Few American photographers have reached a wider audience than Ansel Adams, and none has had more impact on how Americans grasp the majesty of their continent. In this elegant, moving and lyrical portrait of the most eloquent and quintessentially American of photographers, producer Ric Burns seeks to explore the meaning and legacy of Adams’ life and work. At the heart of the film are the great themes that absorbed Adams throughout his career: the beauty and fragility of “the American earth,” the inseparable bond of man and nature, and the moral obligation the present owes to the future.

W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult (1989)

The life of W. Eugene Smith is re-created in this docudrama, with Peter Reigert playing the esteemed photojournalist whose World War II images defined the photo essay genre. Interviews, footage and reenactments chronicle Smith’s remarkable career. A daring news photographer who sustained serious wounds while on assignment in Okinawa, Smith captured arresting images that appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Life and many other publications.

War Photographer (2001)

WAR PHOTOGRAPHER is the compelling portrait of the man considered the bravest and most important war photographer of our time, James Nachtwey. 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.

Blow-Up (1966)

Blow-Up (1966) is writer/director Michelangelo Antonioni’s view of the world of mod fashion, and an engaging, provocative murder mystery that examines the existential nature of reality through photography. Photography, murder and a thriller. The movie won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1967.The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (with no wins): Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay (Edward Bond, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Tonino Guerra)

Rear Window

Rear Windowis a 1954 American suspense thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by John Michael Hayes and based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story “It Had to Be Murder”. Rear Window stars James Stewart, a photographer who spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them are responsible for a murder . It was screened at the 1954 Venice Film Festival.


Salvador is a 1986 war drama film written by Oliver Stone and Richard Boyle, and directed by Stone.The film tells the story of an American journalist covering the Salvadoran Civil War who becomes entangled with both leftist guerrillas and the right wing military. James Woods, who essayed Boyle’s character, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1987.


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