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Marwencol - Recovering from a Brutal Attack, an Artist Creates a Miniature World
Jeff Malmberg's landmark documentary MARWENCOL follows the story of Mark Hogancamp, a victim of a brutal beating, who in response created a fantastic miniature world. As he documents the town's dramas with his camera, the dolls become living characters in…
Faces Places - A Road Trip with Legendary Filmmaker Agnes Varda and Photographer J.R.
89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion…
Manufactured Landscapes - The Art of Edward Burtynsky
A striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of "manufactured landscapes"--quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams--Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization's materials and debris. The film…
Bill Cunningham New York - A Portrait of the Beloved Fashion Photographer
"We all get dressed for Bill," says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The "Bill" in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society…
Love, Cecil - The Life Of a Legendary Photographer and Designer
Cecil Beaton was a dazzling chronicler of his time. A photographer, writer, painter, and Oscar-winning set and costume designer who captured both the front lines of war and the Queen's official portrait, Beaton embodied the cultural and political changes of…
Cinévardaphoto - Legendary Filmmaker Agnes Varda Explores the Photographic Medium
A triptych of film essays exploring the photographic medium, CINEVARDAPHOTO is a wonderfully potent and incisive work from Agnes Varda, director of The Beaches of Agnes and The Gleaners and I, who began her career as a photographer before turning…
What Remains - The Life and Work of Photographer Sally Mann
As one of the world's preeminent photographers, Sally Mann creates artwork that challenges viewers' values and moral attitudes. Described by Time magazine as "America's greatest photographer," she first came to international prominence in 1992 with "Immediate Family," a series of…
War Photographer - Photojournalist James Nachtwey
"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough." - Robert Capa War photographer James Nachtwey has been close enough for twenty years. Over this time he hasn't missed a single war. And he probably has seen more suffering…
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures - The Provocative Photographer Who Changed Contemporary Photography
In 1989, on the floor of Congress, Senator Jesse Helms implored America to “Look at the pictures,” while denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed social boundaries with their frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism –…
Learning to See - The World of Insects
In this documentary shot by photographer Robert Oelman's son over a 12 year period, the audience travels with Oelman deep into the rain forests of South America to discover the world's most exotic insects. Winner of the Neapolitan Award at…
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters - A Look at the Photographers' Process
An acclaimed photographer with the eye of a filmmaker, Gregory Crewdson has created some of the most gorgeously haunting pictures in the history of the medium. His meticulously composed, large-scale images are stunning narratives of small-town American life--moviescapes crystallized into…
The True Meaning of Pictures - Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia
The True Meaning of Pictures is a feature length documentary which addresses the issue of representation in documentary photography by examining the work of American photographer Shelby Lee Adams. More specifically, the film seeks to (i) spend time with the…
The Woodmans
A fascinating, unflinching portrait of the late photographer Francesca Woodman, told through the young artist's work (including experimental videos and journal entries) and remarkably candid interviews with her artist parents Betty and George (a ceramic sculptor and painter/photographer), who have…
Don't Blink: Robert Frank - A Revolutionary of Photography and Independent Film
Robert Frank revolutionised photography and independent film. He documented the Beats, Welsh coal miners, Peruvian Indians, The Stones, London bankers, and the Americans. This is the bumpy ride, revealed with unblinking honesty by the reclusive artist himself. Official Selection at…
Dorothea Lange - Grab a Hunk of Lightning
Part of the Series: American Masters
PBS
More than four decades of 20th-century America are filtered through Lange's life and lens -- her creations and achievements, her tragedies and losses. Known for her powerful images from the Great Depression, her haunting "Migrant Mother" remains emblematic of that…
An Art That Nature Makes - The Work of Artist Rosamond Purcell
Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed an oeuvre of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books, and has enlisted admirers such as Jonathan…
Duane Michals: The Man Who Invented Himself
Duane Michals is a young man over 80 years old and one of the American masters of photography. A brilliant portraitist, he has taken shots of everyone from filmmakers Pier Paolo Pasolini and Roman Polanski to artists such as Rene…
Tierney Gearson: The Mother Project - A Controversial Photographer and Her Relationship with Art and Family
Celebrated photographer Tierney Gearon's work has been labeled manipulative, disturbing and even perverse. A former model and dancer, Gearon came to notorious fame in 2001 when photos of her own naked and masked children in the "I Am a Camera"…
Eye on the Guy - Alan B. Stone and the Age of Beefcake
Alan B. Stone: astute businessman, quiet suburbanite, and master of the homoerotic pin-up. Eye on the Guy: Alan B. Stone & the Age of Beefcake explores the little-known world of Montreal's physique photography scene, a distinct gay subculture that emerged…
Helmut Newton - Frames from the Edge
In Helmut Newton's photography, the lines between art and pornography are often blurred. Strong women in provocative poses are seen in dramatically staged, voyeuristic shots which evoke his very distinct style of fashion, nude and portrait photography. Newton courted controversy…