All feature lenght Street Photo Documentary Movie Streams from the 1970s until today. Available on Demand on Vimeo, Amazon Prime, Itunes...
Street Photography Documentary Movies Stream
TV Room, Jumex Museum, Mexico City, 2019 Michael Kowalczyk Photography

We zapped through the Internet looking for Street Photo Documentary Movies and found plenty of results on Youtube as well as other Film-related websites1. Using already available lists we identified over 50 feature lenght Documentary Films about Photographers who are or were passionate about making photographs in public.

Our Street Photo Docs List below includes the latest documentaries as well as shorter and older TV and independent productions, starting in the 1970s. Whenever possible we included links to HD movie Streaming providers such as Vimeo on Demand, Amazon Prime2, Fandor, iTunes, Google Play and others. Note that not all movies are necessarily available for streaming on Demand yet or anymore. Some of the Documentaries are not available in English.

Please leave a comment if a Link is broken or if you would like to suggest a missing entry. Enjoy watching Streetphoto Docs!

Movie PosterPhotographer, Title & Description (A-Z) TrailerStream onRelease Year, etc...
André Kertész

Everything is a Photograph: A Profile of André Kertész

"Profile of Andre Kertesz, the “father of 35mm photography,” He talks about his life and career and describes the genesis of some of his best known works. Several scenes show him at work in the streets of New York. Illustrated with many photographs."


1975
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26 min
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Directed by John Musilli
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IMDB entry
Ara Güler

Once upon a time Istanbul

"A good fortune of living in Istanbul is our innate visual repertoire, enriched by the contributions of photographer Ara Güler, nicknamed the Eye of Istanbul."
Not available2017
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51 min.
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Directed by Samuel Aubin
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Ara Güler

The Eye of Istanbul

"An insightful doc thick with the sights and smells of a foreign rarely glimpsed world. Ara Güler's archive of photographs captures the essence of Istanbul over sixty years. The legendary Armenian-Turkish photographer dedicated his life to recording the spirit of one of the most vivid cities on earth. Güler's communication of his craft offers a crisp and revelatory insight into the mind of a photographic master."


2016
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1 h 1 min
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Directed by F. Kaymak, B. Karaevli
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Movie Website
Arthur Fellig

The Real Weegee

"An hour-long photography documentary on Weegee, the famous New York photographer. He specialised in street life and crime scenes in the 1940s and 50s."
1993
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1 h
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Directed by Sherman Price
Bill Cunningham

The Times of Bill Conningham

"The iconic street photographer and fashion historian chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society."
2018
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1 h 15 min
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Directed by Mark Bozek
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Movie Website
Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham New York

"Living in a tiny corner studio apartment in the fabled Carnegie Hall Studio apartments, New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham sleeps on a makeshift bed among his beloved file cabinets. ... Usually on his Schwinn bike, traversing Manhattan from tip to tip, Cunningham looks for the street fashionistas who bring the pages of glossy magazines to life."


2010
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1 h 24 min
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Directed by Richard Press
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IMDB entry
Costantinos Pittas

Lost in the Woods ‘Μόνος στο δάσος’

"From 1984 to 1989, Costantinos Pittas took a solo journey across Europe and he shot 30,000 black-and-white photographs with a Minox 35mm compact camera. His aim was to capture the human core of the people living on both sides of Europe’s Iron Curtain. His last picture was taken in Berlin, a day after the Wall came down. As he was motivated by the dream for a united Europe, he thought that his project made no sense after the end of the Cold War. He stashed the negatives away in a box and forgot about them. For a good 25 years"
Not available2020
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51 min
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Directed by Lefteris Fylaktos
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IMDB entry
Daido Moriyama

Memories of a Dog: Daido Moriyama’s Journey to Photography

NHK documentary about the renowned Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama, with special focus and interview of Takuma Nakahira – the founder of avant-garde magazine “Provoke” in the late 60s.

Not availableNot available2010
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1 h 18 min
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Directed by Kenju Nishiyo
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TMDB entry
Daido Moriyama

Near Equal / Stray Dog of Tokyo

"A documentary that follows the life of photographer Daido Moriyama in the present, which has never been revealed before. Even though his charismatic presence has reigned over the world of photography since the late 60’s, his true persona had been hidden behind a veil of mystery, since he had refused any major appearances in front of any media in the past."
2001
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1 h 24 min
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Directed By Kenjiro Fuji
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IMDB entry
Daido Moriyama

The Past is Always New, the Future is Always Nostalgic

"There is one photographer who transcends art, fashion, and design, and is loved and respected all over the world. He is Daido Moriyama, aged 80, probably the most prominent and least charismatic figure in the world of photography. This intimate documentary captures Moriyama as he lives his daily life."
Not availableNot available2019
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1 h 52 min
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Direced by Gen Iwama
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Movie website
Diane Arbus

Going Where I’ve Never Been: The Photography of Diane Arbus

"The work of photographer Diane Arbus as explained by her daughter, friends, critics, and in her own words as recorded in her journals. Illustrated with many of her photographs. Mary Clare Costello, narrator Themes: Arbus’ quirky go-it-alone approach. Her attraction to the bizarre, people on the fringes of society: sexual deviants, odd types, the extremes, styles in questionable taste, poses and situations that inspire irony or wonder."


1972
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28 min
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Directed by John Musilli
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IMDB entry
Don McCullin

Looking For England

"Don McCullin: Looking For England follows the inimitable photographer,now 83, documenting his country from inner cities to seaside towns, ona journey in search of his own nation. Sixty years after starting out as a photographer Don returns to hisold haunts in London's East End, Bradford, Consett, Eastbourne and Scarborough."
Not available2019
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1 h
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Directed by Adrian Sibley
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Movie website
Dorothy Bohm

Seeing Daylight: The Photography of Dorothy Bohm

"Dorothy Bohm is one of Britain's finest street photographers, arriving in the UK in 1929 after fleeing Nazi persecution in Lithuania. At 92 she continues to take pictures, capturing life with humanity and compassion. With contributions from friends and family, and reflections from Dorothy herself, this documentary revisits the places that have shaped her unique view of the world."





Google Play

2018
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45 min
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Directed by Richard Shaw
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Movie website
Dougie Wallace

What Do Artists Do All Day?

"Documentary following photographer Dougie Wallace as he finishes his "Harrodsburg" project, capturing the super-rich in one of London's most exclusive postcodes."
2017
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30min
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Directed by Jack Cocker
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Movie Website
Elliott Erwitt

I bark at dogs

"Distinguished as both a documentary and commercial photographer, Erwitt has made some of the most memorable photographs of the twentieth century including astonishing scenes of everyday life, filled with poetry and special wit."
2011
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12 min
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Directed by Douglas J. Sloan
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IMDB entry
Elliott Erwitt

Silence Sounds Good

"Elliott Erwitt has spent his entire adult life taking photographs, of presidents, popes, and movie stars, as well as regular people and their pets. His work is iconic in world culture while his life is largely unknown. 'Elliott Erwitt: Silence Sounds Good' is a quiet, intimate portrait of an artist at work, who values companionship of all kinds above idle conversation."
2019
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1 h
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Directed by Adriana L. Sanfeliu
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Eugène Atget
Berenice Abbott

Eugène and Berenice - Pioneers of Urban Photography

"French photographer Eugène Atget embraced a heartfelt realism that influenced generations of younger photographers-including an American, Berenice Abbott, who championed him in his later career and carried on his legacy. This film examines the work of both artists, juxtaposing Atget's Paris oeuvre with Abbott's views of New York."


2008
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52 min
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Directed by Michael House
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IMDB entry
Florian Kaps

An Impossible Project

"Humans are analogue. We're literally sick of the digital world engulfing us. People are yearning for real things and authenticity. IMPOSSIBLE is sensuous and inspiring film about the revenge of analog. And the eccentric, crazy Austrian scientist, who saved the world's last Polaroid factory - just when Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone. An entertaining underdog story of a very modern Don Quixote, shot on 35mm. And a sumptuous invitation to fall in love with real things again."
Not available2020
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1 h 39 min
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Directed by Jens Meurer
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Movie website
Fred Lyon

Living Through The Lens

"Living Through the Lens is an intimate exposé of San Francisco photographer Fred Lyon, a fourth-generation San Franciscan. Fred has dedicated himself to capturing the beauty of the city for several decades."


2013
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52 min
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Directed by Michael House
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IMDB entry
Garry Winogrand

All Things are Photographable

"Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable is the first cinematic treatment of Winogrand’s work, including selections from the thousands of rolls of film still undeveloped upon his unexpected death in 1984.”





PBS
2020
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1 h 33 min
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Directed by Sasha Waters Freyer
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Movie Website
George S. Zimbel

Zimbelism

"Remarkable tales from the darkroom on Marilyn Monroe, JFK and others, from one of the last working elders of street photography, humanist photographer, George S. Zimbel."


2015
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1 h 30 min
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Directed by J.F. Gratton, M. Zimbel
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IMDB entry
George Tice

Seeing Beyond the Moment

"Photographer George Tice works in the urban tradition of artists such as Edward Hopper and Walker Evans. From his studio in New Jersey, Tice shares his life and work spanning six decades and 18 book projects. This film includes interviews with Tice at the locales of some of his most famous images, including “Petit’s Mobil Station” and “Oak Tree,” shows new work."


2013
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1 h 11 min
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Directed by Bruce Wodder
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Gordon Parks

Half Past Autumn

"An intimate look at the life and career of Gordon Parks a true Renaissance man who has excelled as a photographer, novelist, journalist, poet, musician and filmmaker."
2000
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1 h 30 min
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Directed by Craig Laurence Rice
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IMDB entry
Harry Gruyaert

Harry Gruyaert. Photographer

"This is the story of 75-year-old Magnum member Harry Gruyaert. Coming from a repressed and grey background he discovers the lights and colour of Europe. Driven by the irresistible desire to be a photographer, he becomes a pioneer in European colour photography. It is the story of a restless vagabond, a questing soul who never stops hunting for images."
2018
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1 h 4 min
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Directed by Gerrit Messiaen
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Movie website
Héctor García

Héctor García, fotógrafo

"83-year-old Héctor García, a renowned photographer, has devoted over 60 years to capturing transcendental moments of Mexico, but especially the day-to-day life of the city he lives in, mostly photographing poverty and marginality."
Not available2007
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52 min
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Directed by Carlos. R. Montes de Oca Rojo
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Movie website
Henri Cartier Bresson

Just Plain Love (L'amour tout court)

"During this interview, where Cartier Bresson talks about his life and the importance he has always given to painting, geometry and creative disciplines, he introduces some of his artist friends whose work speaks to his heart."




2003
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1 h 10 min
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Directed by Raphael O'Byrne
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Henri Cartier Bresson

The Century of Cartier-Bresson

"A major biographer of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Pierre Assouline, brings to life the most famous French photojournalist, for whom “the lens is only an extension of the eye”.
Not available2021
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52 min
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Directed by Pierre Assouline
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IMDB entry
Henri Cartier Bresson

The Impassioned Eye

"Cartier-Bresson talks about his travels, including Mexico in the 1930s, imprisonment during World War II, being with Gandhi moments before his assassination, and returning to sketching late in life. He shows us examples. He talks about becoming and being a photographer, about composition, and about some of his secrets to capture the moment."


2003
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1 h 12 min
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Directed by Heinz Bütler
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IMDB entry
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Pen, Brush & Camera

"A documentary about the life and work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, the legendary and influential photographer who’s candid eye captured the most interesting images and visual narrative."
Dailymontion

1998
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50 min
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Directed by Patricia Wheatley
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Movie website
Henri Dauman

Looking Up

"Henri Dauman has been called one of the greatest photojournalists of the 20th century photographing the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Miles Davis, Yves Saint Laurent, Andy Warhol, Elvis Presley, & JFK. But for all his achievements, few know the details of Henri's remarkable origin story. Orphaned during WWII, he set out to rebuild his life through love, persistence and uncompromising vision."



2018
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1 h 26 min
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Directed by Peter K. Jones
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Movie website
Jamel Shabazz

Street Photographer

"In the infancy of hip-hop, Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz documented the pioneers of music and style who would launch an enduring worldwide phenomenon. In JAMEL SHABAZZ STREET PHOTOGRAPHER Charlie Ahearn (director of the seminal graffiti movie Wild Style) pays tribute to both Shabazz and those who defined hip-hop before it had definition"
Google Play2013
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1 h 21 min
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Directed by Charlie Ahearn
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Movie website
Jay Maisel

Jay Myself

"Photographer Stephen Wilkes creates an intimate portrait of his mentor, Jay Maisel, as he leaves the 30,000 square foot building in the Bowery that he’s inhabited and filled with his eccentric collection of beautiful random objects for the last 40 years – known as ‘The Bank."




Google Play
2018
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1 h 19 min
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Directed by Stephen Wilkes
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IMDB entry
Joel Meyerowitz

Photographer

"Documentary focused on the subject of street photography with Joel Meyerowitz."
1982
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60 min
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Directed by Colin Westerbeck
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John G. Morris

Get the Picture

"Directed and produced by Cathy Pearson, Get the Picture follows the life and work of John G. Morris, journalist and picture editor of Life magazine. Having been at Life magazine during some of the most turbulent moments in 20th Century history including the Spanish Civil War, World War II, Vietnam and Korea, Morris provides a unique insight into the power of photography."



2013
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1 h 13 min
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Directed by Cathy Pearson
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IMDB entry
John Szarkowski

A Life in Photography

"For nearly thirty years, from 1962 to 1991, John Szarkowski served as Director of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Examining his double life as both curator and photographer, this is a documentary on the man who helped establish photography for the first time as a true and different kind of art."


1998
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48 min
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Directed by Sandy McLeod
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IMDB entry
Joseph Koudelka

Shooting Holy Land

"Koudelka Shooting Holy Land is a unique and intimate look into the creative process of Josef Koudelka, one of photography’s greatest living masters. Filmmaker Gilad Baram follows Koudelka on his photographic journey through Israel and Palestine as he searches for the elusive moment in which a photograph emerges."
2019
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1 h 12 min
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Directed by Gilad Baram
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Movie Website
Lauro Escorel

Fotografação

"A film about remarkable moments in the History of Brazilian Photography, built through the eyes of Lauro Escorel. It also reflects on the impact of digital photography on contemporary society."
Tamanduá2019
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1 h 16 min
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Directed by Lauro Escorel
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IMDB entry
Martha Cooper

Martha: A Picture Story

"In 1970s New York, photographer Martha Cooper captured some of the first images of graffiti at a time when the city had declared war it. Decades later, Cooper has become an influential godmother to a global movement of street artists."




Google Play
2019
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1 h 22 min
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Directred by Selina Miles
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Movie website
Martin Parr

The World According To Parr

"Martin Parr is widely considered to be the most influential photographer of his generation. His work portrays the British way of life in all its idiosyncratic detail - Women's Institutes, bird-watching, fish and chips - iconic images that make up a retrospective exhibition currently on a world tour. Alan Yentob takes Parr back to his suburban past to reveal the root of his inspiration."
2003
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45 min
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Directed by Rebecca Frayn
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Movie homepage
Matt Weber

More Than the Rainbow

"After three decades turning his lens on New York City, taxi driver turned street photographer Matt Weber has seen it all. More Than the Rainbow not only chronicles the life and times of Weber, but becomes a vibrant conversation about the photographic medium, artistic expression, and New York City."
2012
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1 h 22 min
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Directed by Dan Wechsler
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IMDB entry
Raghu Rai

An Unframed Portrait

"A personal journey of director Avani Rai, who follows her father, the famous Indian photographer Raghu Rai."
Not available2017
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55 min.
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Directed by Avani Rai
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IMDB entry
Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau Tout Simplement

"This documentary run through the work of Robert Doisneau and the subjects he photographed. The movie is made of 700 photographs assembled in sequences commented by Doisneau himself, with real background sounds."
2001
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1 h 7 min
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Directed by Partick Jeudy
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IMDB entry
Robert Frank

Don’t Blink

"The film is a portrait of Frank's life and career.
It covers the making of his book The Americans, his documentaries featuring friends such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, and a film commissioned by The Rolling Stones."




2015
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1 h 22 min
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Directed by Laura Israel
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Movie Website
Robert Frank

Fire in the East

"Fire in the East : A Portrait of Robert Frank presents an intimate view of four decades of Frank’s life, films, and photographs. Many people with whom he has worked in the past are interviewed, including Allen Ginsberg, Emile de Antonio, Jonas Mekas, and Rudy Wurlitzer."
Not availableDailymontion1986
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29 min
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Directed by Philip & Amy Brookman
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Robert Frank

Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank

"A transformative artist and one of the most insightful chroniclers of American life, legendary Swiss-American photographer Robert Frank continues to fascinate generations of casual observers and aspiring photographers alike. Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank is the definitive account of Frank’s life and the unique ways his biography and art intersect to produce powerful, richly textured images."




Google Play
2004
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1 h 25 min
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Directed by Gerald Fox
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Movie website
Saul Leiter

In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life

"Saul Leiter could have been lauded as the great the pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of beautiful work that is now piled high in his New York apartment. An intimate and personal film, In No Great Hurry follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of clearing an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in his 80s and fending off a pesky filmmaker."



2013
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1 h 15 min
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Directed by Tomas Leach
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Movie Website
Sergio Larraín

Sergio Larraín: El Instante Eterno

"A film that follows the unpublished footsteps of one of the most important artists in the history of Chile: Sergio Larraín. The best Chilean photographer, who successfully passed through the most important agencies in the world such as Magnum. For the first time we learn about his gripping biography, the secrets of his iconic photos, and we get closer to a fundamental artist revered in specialist circles, but unknown in key parts of his life."
PUNTO PLAY2021
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Directed by Sebastián Moreno
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Movie website
Various Photographers

BBC2 Master Photographers

1 - Ansel Adams
2 - André Kertész
3 - Alfred Eisenstardt
4 - Jacques-Henri Lartigue
5 - Bill Brandt
6 - Andreas Feininger
1983
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35 min
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Produced by Peter Adam
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Movie website
Various Photographers

Contacts

Vol. 1: The Great Tradition of Photojournalism:
William Klein, Henri Cartier-Bresson , Raymond Depardon, Mario Giacomelli, Josef Koudelka, Robert Doisneau, Edouard Boubat, Elliot Erwitt, Marc Riboud, Leonard Freed , and Don McCullin

Vol. 2: The Renewal of Contemporary Photography:
Nan Goldin , Sophie Calle, Duane Michals, Sarah Moon, Nobuyoski Araki, Andreas Gursky, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Thomas Ruff, Lewis Baltz, Jean-Marc Bustamante, and Jeff Wall .

Vol. 3: Conceptual Photography:
John Baldessari, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Christian Boltanski, Alain Fleischer, John Hilliard, Roni Horn, Martin Parr, Georges Rousse, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans

"Through a series of images (contact sheets, proofs, prints and slides), with a commentary by the photographer, the viewer enters the secret world of their creation and is guided into the heart of the photographic creative process."





2004
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each ca. 14 min
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Directed by S. Moon, R. Ikhlef
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Movie website
Various Photographers

Everybody Street

"The documentary illuminates the lives and work of New York's iconic street photographers - including Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Ricky Powell and Jamel Shabazz - and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. Shot by renowned photographer Cheryl Dunn on both black and white 16mm film and color HD, the documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City...."






2013
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1 h 25 min
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Directed by Cheryl Dunn
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Movie Website
Various Photographers

Fill the Frame

"With the continuing rise of the digital age and popularity of social media, the genre of street photography has propelled like we've never seen before. Still there is more opportunity for street photography to be recognized and appreciated by the masses."
2021
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1 h 2 min
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Directed by Tim Huynh
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Movie Website
Various Photographers

Magnum Photos: The Changing of a Myth

"Magnum Photos captures on film Magnum photographers Martin Parr, Larry Towell, Luc Delahaye and Donovan Wylie, the youngest member, in the field. Well-known photographers Rene Burri and Philipp Jones Griffiths discuss the history of this groundbreaking institution, putting its accomplishments into context."
2001
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59 min
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Directed by Reiner Holzemar
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IMDB entry
Various Photographers

Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League's New York

"The Photo League's New York, narrated by Campbell Scott, chronicles the life and times of the Photo League, a legendary organization of amateur and professional photographers that flourished in New York between 1936 and 1951."


2012
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1 h 17 min.
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Directed by D. Allentuck, N. Rosenblum
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Movie website
Various Photographers

Ostkreuz - Agency of Photographers

"Ostkreuz, today's most famous photographers' agency in Germany, was founded with the Magnum agency as a role model in East Germany shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Today 20 photographers from East and West organize it, united by their humanistic worldview and documentary photography that is engaged. The film portrays their joint passion of making images to picture our society."



2017
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1 h 28 min
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Directed by Maik Reichert
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Movie website
Various Photographers

The Lomo Camera: Shoot From the Hip

"BBC Four presents a fascinating insight into the bizarre world of Lomography and the camera that inspired it, the Lomo Kompakt Automat."
2004
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1 h
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Directed by Alex Graham
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Movie website
Vivian Mayer

Finding Vivian Mayer

"The pruchase of a storage locker leads a man to uncover mysterious photographs, resulting in the astounding discovery of one of the 20th century´s greatest artists"




2014
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1 h 23 min
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Directed by J.Maloof & C.Siskel
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Movie Website
William Eggleston

By the Ways, a Journey with William Eggleston

"French filmmakers Cedric Laty and Vincent Gerard chronicle the life of lensman William Eggleston, emerging with an artful documentary as much about the man as it is about the everyday places in the American South that he encapsulates, and transforms, in his work."
Not available2006
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1 h 27 min
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Directed by V.Gerard, C. Laty
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IMDB entry
William Eggleston

William Eggleston in the Real World

"Documentary about William Eggleston, a famous modern American photographer."
2015
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1 h 24 min
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Directed by Michael Almereyda
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Movie website
William Egglestong

The Colourful Mr Eggleston

"A Mississippi aristocrat with a fondness for guns, drink and women, he dragged colour into the world of art photography. Reviled in the 1970s, he is now considered a legend whose unique visual style has influenced generations of photographers and filmmakers. Imagine shows the normally shy and elusive Eggleston at work - taking photographs on the road, in and around his home town of Memphis."


2009
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48 min
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Directed by Jack Cocker
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Movie Website
William Klein

The Many Lives of William Klein

"William Klein has lived many lives. One of the world's most influential photographers, he pioneered the art of street photography and created some of the most iconic fashion images of the 20th century. ... With a major Tate Modern exhibition currently celebrating his work, imagine... spends time with William Klein to discover the irrepressible, charismatic personality behind a remarkable creative life."


2012
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1 h 5 min
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Directed by Richard Bright
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Movie Website

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