15 Movies about Photography (and where to see them!)

The following list is 15 of my favourite movies about photography (in one way or another). Whenever I am in a photography funk I like to sit and watch someone else taking photos until I get the fear of missing out. Then I get out and take photos.

Also included is the full free video (where possible) or a link to the cheapest streamable version. You may have to do a little googling around in different countries but they are all available online.

If you enjoy the list please share it with someone you know who is into photography. Please add any movies that you have been inspired by in the comments below.

The less time we are uninspired the more great pictures we can take!

The Best Movies about Photography:

1. Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012) – IMDB

A documentary shot over a decade with unprecedented access to photographer Gregory Crewdson that bares the artist’s process.

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2. William Eggleston: In the Real World (2005) – IMDB

The film reveals the deep connection between William Eggleston’s personality and his work, and also reveals his parallel commitments as a musician, draftsman and videographer.

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3. Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2008) – IMDB

Barbara Leibovitz’s intimate biography of her sister the photographer Annie Leibovitz.

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4. James Nachtwey: War Photographer (2001) – IMDB

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

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5. The Bang Bang Club (2010) – IMDB

A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

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6. Bill Cunningham New York (2010) IMDB

A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer.

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7. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids (2004) – IMDB

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city’s notorious red light district.

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8. Blow-Up (1966) – IMDB

A mod London photographer seems to find something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.

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9. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (2003) – IMDB

Filmed only a few years before his death, this documentary focuses on the career of Henri Cartier-Bresson, a frustrated painter who became a world-renowned photographer.

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10. Visual Acoustics (2008) – IMDB

Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream.

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11. Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge (1989) – IMDB

A camera crew follows Helmut Newton, the fashion and ad photographer whose images of tall, blond, big-breasted women are part of the iconography of twentieth-century erotic fantasy.

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12. One Hour Photo (2002) – IMDB

An employee of a one-hour photo lab becomes obsessed with a young suburban family.

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13. Shooting Robert King (2008) – IMDB

Follows Robert King in his fifteen years as a war photographer.

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14. Manufactured Landscapes (2006) – IMDB

Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.

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15. Rear Window (1954) – IMDB

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

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