Four recent photography documentaries you can’t miss

Sept. 9, 2017

Men At Lunch by Seán Ó Cualáin (2012)

 

 

This film tells the story of New York's most famous photography with a classic and friendly narrative. Nine steelworkers eat their lunch on a steel beam at more than 800 feet high. Who are they? Is it possible that it could be a fake photograph? In order to answer these questions, viewers will be passengers on a journey into the history of New York in the early twentieth century, invited to the world's biggest photography storage facility and to a small town in Ireland where there could be a clue of the identity of some of the men in the picture.

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Optical Axis by Marina Razbezhkina (2013)

 

 

In film studies, some experts led by Pasolini see cinema as a world where image is put at the mercy of reality. Others, such as Godard, put the image on a religious, magical pedestal, independent from the natural world. In this documentary, veteran Russian director Marina Razbezhkina puts these two worlds in crisis. From the interior of the luxurious hall of a palace, the exterior of a humble house in the countryside or the photo studio occupied by a burlesque diva, a piece of the past is seen on an enlarged photographic copy by those who live in the present. The place is the same, the viewers change in time, they identify themselves in the ghostly faces of those who - already dead - occupied that same space in the past Soviet era.

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The Salt of the Earth by Wim Wenders (2014)

 

 

The award-winning filmmaker Win Wenders presents this beautiful documentary that covers the life of Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado, father of the film's co-director, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, in The Salt of the Earth, Sebastiao Salgado himself tells us all about his personal and artistic life. His face confronts the film camera in the same black and white in which he usually captures his images of people in less developed countries of the world. The multi award-winning photographer tells us about his motivations, setbacks and lessons learned during his travels to photograph more than 100 countries in more than 45 years of career.

 

The Labyrinth of the Possible by Wanadi Siso (2012)

 

 

The sight of New York-based Venezuelan photographer Sonia Sobertats is very different from that of many of her colleagues. Her photographs are unique because they are conceived from her blindness. But, as she herself says in this documentary, she does not feel she lives in darkness, but in light, an element with which she can bring forth images of the soul. By means of an almost pictorial technique, Soberats makes amazing photographs by painting with her hands the people and the spaces that she portrays. This way she manages to impregnate the photographic film thanks to a slow and prolonged exposure. The film seeks to show the infinite possibilities of the art of photography, a dimension where the sense of sight ceases to be primordial and the interior feeling of the author happens to take the lead in the creative process.

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