Photography is a form of art that’s relatively young, born in 1822 quickly evolved and become the preferred way to document  life ‘in real time’.
We put together a list of the 5 Documentaries that every passionate photographer should watch and get inspired from.

Top 5 – Documentaries you must watch

1 – The Many Lives of William Klein

He is a pioneer, so different from the previous photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson which maintained distance from the subject.
“The irony was, William took his pictures using a camera he’d bought from Cartier-Bresson.”

2 – Finding Vivian Maier

A documentary on Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown 100,000 photographs, discovered after her death, earned her the reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

3 – Contacts

This series of short documentaries (not more than 15min long) is a little gem created by ARTE France and narrated from the photographer’s perspective, giving you an insightful point of view into the artist’s creation process.

The series is composed of 3 Volumes:
1- Traditional Photojournalism
2- Contemporary Photography
3- Conceptual Photography
Here you can find a complete list of the episodes.

4 – The Genius of Photography

This is a 4 episode documentary by BBC4 about the history of photography.
We thought it would be the perfect starting point to understand the medium completely and give you some ideas on how it can be used.


5 – Sebastião Salgado

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.
Directed by his son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders.

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