I love a good Netflix binge. There is nothing better than a slow day with Below, are some Netflix and Amazon Prime documentaries that have caught my eye recently, and which I think other photographer may be interested in too. So, grab some popcorn, a soda, and maybe a notebook and pen, and get an education at the same time. I dare you to pick up some information, let it inspire you, and apply it your own photography. And if you know of any other documentaries I should know about, feel free to leave the titles in the comments!
- Tales by Light- New to Netflix, Tales by Light is a program originally aired on the National Geographic channel. Season One consists of six 30 minute episodes. A camera crew follows photographers around the world and shows the conditions under which the photographer was exposed for “the shot”. I have watched the first episode, and while I would have loved to have had more detail about the actual shooting from the photographer’s standpoint…I enjoyed how the beauty of our world was captured and loved the finished images. Definitely lots of eye candy.
- Finding Vivian Maier- With almost 5 stars on Netflix, this must be a good one. Vivian Maier was a nanny in Chicago and New York by in the 1960’s and 1970’s, who persued photography as a hobby in her off hours. After putting the bulk of her belongings and photographs in storage, after her death, Vivan’s body of work was discovered 2007 inside of a trunk at an antique auction. She consistently photographed the world around her for fifty years leaving over 150k undeveloped captures behind. Her subjects mostly involved the people around her in the cities of New York and Chicago and is now famous for being a Street Photographer. I can’t wait to dive into this one. I too enjoy images of those moments in between and I would love to see the world through Vivian’s eyes.
- Everybody Street- Quoted from the film’s website, ‘”Everybody Street” illuminates the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.’ This film is about an hour and a half, so is a good one to watch on a school night after the kids are in bed (and before I crash). I love street photography…hoping to learn a thing or two from this one.
Here are a few more of that I found on Amazon Prime with free streaming with membership. I haven’t had the chance to watch any of them, but these may be worth the watch too.
- The Art of Photography Artist Series: Season 1 – There are 4 episodes at this point and rated 5 stars (by photographers, I think). I think I may be most excited about this one from the Amazon Prime titles.
- Get the Picture – a film about John G. Morris who is most famous for the photographs of World War II D-Day images at Normandy Beach. I know a 10 year old that will watch this one with me.
- Bending the Light– This one is about the relationship between those that make the lenses and those that use them to create art. Both of which are art in my opinion. Also 5 stars. Either we photographers hand out 5 stars pretty easily, or most photographers are really cool. I choose to think the latter.
- What Remains-The Life and Work of Sally Mann– Also getting 4 stars on Amazon. Learn more about her here. She is still alive 🙂 and apparently has won a lot of awards for her art.