I’ve seen several good photography documentaries recently and I particularly liked these three documentaries about Anton Corbijn, Edward Burtynsky and Gregory Crewdson.
Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012)
I’ve been a huge fan of Anton Corbijn for many years and I recently saw this documentary about his life at the Stockholm Filmfestival. Anton Corbijn is a world-renowned Dutch-born photographer and film director. He is mainly famous for portraying celebrities and bands, for example U2, Depeche Mode and David Bowie.
While Inside Out is heavy on celebs it also shows a deeply personal aspect of Corbijn’s family relationships. He forever sought out the approval of his deceased father, although it is not clear if he ever achieved it. For those who have followed Corbijn’s career Inside Out provides a deep look into the person behind some of the most memorable photography in the history of the music industry.
Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
Manufactured Landscapes is a fantastic, award winning and mesmerizing documentary that follows the exploits of famed photographer Ed Burtynsky. Burtynsky’s goal, which he does a great job in achieving, is to show landscapes that have been greatly altered by human activity on a grand scale. Much of the footage compiled is from Chinese factories in which much of the goods the Western world depends on and buys are manufactured. Also of note is his stunning coverage of the Three Gorges Dam, which in addition to uprooting many people has also been the cause of many catastrophes as well.
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)
One of the most stunning and fascinating documentaries of 2012 is Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters. Crewdson is a world-renowned photographer with the keen perception of a filmmaker. He is known for having put together some of the most fabulous haunting photographs in the history of his field.
Brief Encounters spans a decade in which Gregory Crewdson does such things as setting fire to a residence, constructing sets as high as 90 feet with the help of dozens of people and closed down entire city streets, all so he can present his haunted vision of the American lifestyle. It also serves to show his own personal desires, dreams as well as anxieties. Brief Encounters provides an intimate in-depth look at one of the greatest image-makers of this era.