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1. The Salt of the Earth (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

83 Metascore

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders | Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Votes: 17,764 | Gross: $1.34M

2. Shutterflies (2014)

40 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

A murder mystery in the 1960's, told through the perspective of a young photographer.

Directors: Spencer Muhlstock, Michael Hayes Walsh | Stars: Christian Borle, Andrew Grusetskie, Rosie Gunther, Lily Walsh

Votes: 25

3. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 20,363

4. Looking Back at You (1993 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado documents the lives of the working class around the world.

Director: Andrew Snell | Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Jorge Amado, Arthur Miller, Celia Wanick Salgado

Votes: 19

5. Truth in Terms of Beauty (2007)

Documentary, Biography

The story of photographer Herman Leonard.

Director: Vince DiPersio | Stars: Herman Leonard, Quincy Jones, Gary Giddins, Tony Bennett

Votes: 14

6. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

Not Rated | 142 min | Documentary, Biography

The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise.

Director: Jan Harlan | Stars: Katharina Kubrick, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Kubrick, Barbara Kroner

Votes: 9,499

7. Snapshot (II) (2010)

Not Rated | 8 min | Short, Crime, Mystery

Will's day at the park was no picnic -- it was murder.

Director: Abby Kwiatkowski | Stars: Eren Yar, Brian Patterson, Dev Galloway, Ryan McCarty

Votes: 15

8. Bill Cunningham: New York (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

76 Metascore

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

Director: Richard Press | Stars: Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors, Editta Sherman

Votes: 4,936 | Gross: $1.51M

9. Chasing Ice (2012)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone

Votes: 7,852 | Gross: $1.33M

10. Annie Leibovitz: So, There You Go (2009)

9 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

"So There You Go" features an on camera interview with Ms. Leibovitz who offers viewers her own perspective on her life's work as well as insight into her family and friends. The film ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas J. Sloan | Star: Annie Leibovitz

Votes: 33

11. Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A documentary on art-scene commentator Paul Hasegawa-Overacker's relationship with enigmatic photographer Cindy Sherman.

Directors: Tom Donahue, Paul Hasegawa-Overacker | Stars: Cindy Sherman, John Waters, Eric Bogosian, Danny DeVito

Votes: 196

12. An American Journey (2009)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

From Texas to Montana, from Nebraska to Louisiana, from New York to San Francisco, An American Journey is a 15,000 mile odyssey through contemporary America seeking to understand the impact... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Séclier

Votes: 16

13. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians (2000)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

The dramatic story of eminent photographer Edward S. Curtis and the creation of his monumental portfolio of Native American images. Descendants of his photographic subjects tell stories ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Makepeace | Stars: Sheila Tousey, Bill Pullman

Votes: 91

14. America Stripped (2010)

Unrated | 78 min | Documentary

Follow avant-garde photographer Greg Friedler as he embarks on an absurdly emotional 30-day roller-coaster ride to bring together 173 naked human beings of every shape, size, and walk of ... See full summary »

Director: David Palmer | Stars: Diane DeLuna, Frenchie, Greg Friedler, Jesse Garon

Votes: 76

15. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light (1995)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Helen Whitney | Stars: Richard Avedon, John Lahr, Mike Nichols

Votes: 115

17. Going Where I've Never Been: The Photography of Diane Arbus (1972 TV Movie)

28 min | Documentary

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 ... See full summary »

Director: John Musilli | Stars: Diane Arbus, Doon Arbus, Mariclare Costello, Mary Clare Costello

Votes: 31

18. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,285 | Gross: $1.51M

19. War Photographer (2001)

96 min | Documentary, War

79 Metascore

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

Director: Christian Frei | Stars: James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt

Votes: 3,811

20. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (2003)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography

59 Metascore

Heinz Bütler interviews Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) late in life. Cartier-Bresson pulls out photographs, comments briefly, and holds them up to Bütler's camera. A few others share ... See full summary »

Director: Heinz Bütler | Stars: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alexander Brooks, Robert Delpire, Elliott Erwitt

Votes: 299 | Gross: $0.03M

21. Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary

An in depth study of Adams's life and work.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Ansel Adams, Josh Hamilton, Barbara Feldon, John Szarkowski

Votes: 114

22. Life Through a Lens (2011)

17 min | Short, Drama

50 years of struggling with her own family's identity, Rose realizes she must conquer her fears of rejection or continue living her photographic fantasy, hiding behind the strangers she ... See full summary »

Director: Ellenor Argyropoulos | Stars: Rowan Davie, Kath Gordon, Jaime Enrique Gutierrez Pérez, Lily Hall

Votes: 15

23. Visual Acoustics (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

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. ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Bricker | Stars: Frances Anderton, Wim de Wit, Beth Edwards Harris, Frank Escher

Votes: 575 | Gross: $0.10M

24. Coast Modern (2012)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary, History

Coast Modern is an independent documentary by directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome produced by Twofold Films. Travelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Mike Bernard, Gavin Froome

Votes: 57

25. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

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

Director: Jennifer Baichwal | Star: Edward Burtynsky

Votes: 2,673 | Gross: $0.24M

26. Rock Prophecies (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary about rock 'n' roll photographer Robert M. Knight and his mission to find the world's best new guitar player.

Director: John Chester | Stars: Robert Knight, Jeff Beck, Slash, Carlos Santana

Votes: 127

27. Smash His Camera (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A film centering on the life and work of Ron Galella that examines the nature and effect of paparazzi.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Floyd Abrams, Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Joseph Basile, Harry Benson

Votes: 753 | Gross: $0.00M

28. Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

In 2002, American photographer Tierney Gearon (1963- ), fresh from the disconcerting success of her 2001 exhibit at London's Saatchi Gallery, goes to upstate New York to begin a project ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Sutherland, Jack Youngelson

Votes: 25

29. Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film (2012)

93 min | Documentary, History

Various photographers and employees of Polaroid recount their experiences with the company's instant film in its final year of production.

Director: Grant Hamilton | Stars: Layne Anderson, Sawyer Anderson, Dave Bias, André Bosman

Votes: 122

30. Photographic Memory (2011)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Filmmaker Ross McElwee (Sherman's March, Bright Leaves) finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, a young adult who seems addicted to and distracted by the virtual worlds of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ross McElwee | Stars: Adrian McElwee, Ross McElwee

Votes: 194 | Gross: $0.01M

31. Eye on the Sixties: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman (2013)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

EYE ON THE SIXTIES is an intimate portrait of photographer Rowland Scherman, and the process of photojournalism. It is a valuable 'insider' piece of American History, documenting one man's ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Szwedo | Stars: Tom Clark, Judy Collins, Rowland Scherman, Richard Stolley

Votes: 23

32. The Cambodian Room: Situations with Antoine D'Agata (2009)

56 min | Documentary, Biography

Antoine D'Agata, a Magnum photographer, is in Phom Penh (Cambodia) where his artistic trail seems to reach an utmost point. After devoting his art to picture desolated landscapes and ... See full summary »

Directors: Tommaso Lusena, Giuseppe Schillaci | Star: Antoine d'Agata

Votes: 23

33. La sombra del iceberg (2007)

76 min | Documentary

En los comienzos de la Guerra Civil española (1936-1939), el mítico fotorreportero Robert Capa anónimo por aquel entonces tomó la instantánea El miliciano muerto, uno de los iconos del ... See full synopsis »

Directors: Hugo Doménech, Raúl M. Riebenbauer | Star: Basilio Martín Patino

Votes: 16

34. Beyond Assignment (2012)

36 min | Documentary, Short, News

In Beyond Assignment, we see the approaches and personalities of three photographers as they work on longterm projects in their respective countries of Mexico, South Africa and Israel. That... See full summary »

Director: Jim Virga

35. Visions of Light (1992)

92 min | Documentary, History

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels | Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Charles Lang

Votes: 2,912 | Gross: $0.80M

36. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

TV-PG | 98 min | Documentary

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.

Director: Wendy Apple | Stars: Kathy Bates, Zach Staenberg, Jodie Foster, Michael Tronick

Votes: 2,457

37. Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge (1989)

95 min | Documentary, Biography

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. He's on... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Maben | Stars: Adrian Maben, Candice Bergen, Tina Brown, Catherine Deneuve

Votes: 169

38. Naked States (2000)

R | 80 min | Documentary

Photographer Spencer Tunick travels the U.S. in search of volunteers to pose nude for his outlaw photo-shoots, all of them done out in public and often without legal permits. This ... See full summary »

Director: Arlene Nelson | Stars: Spencer Tunick, Trey Anastasio, Fraya Berg, Deborah Berman

Votes: 484

39. Everybody Street (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History

EVERYBODY STREET, directed by Cheryl Dunn, illuminates the lives and work of New York's iconic street photographers - including Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Ricky Powell... See full summary »

Director: Cheryl Dunn | Stars: Boogie, Martha Cooper, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt

Votes: 598

40. Eloquent Nude: The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston & Charis Wilson (2007)

57 min | Documentary, Biography

She was beautiful, smart, and searching. He was an emerging genius in the world of photography. When they met, they fell instantly in love. Setting off across the West with camera and ... See full summary »

Director: Ian McCluskey | Stars: Christine Bernsten, Eric DiIlio, Frank DiMarco, Jason T. Edwards

Votes: 46

41. National Geographic's Most Incredible Photos: Afghan Warrior (2009 TV Movie)


In a country scarred by decades of war, one man tries to capture an image of hope. National Geographic photographer Reza journeys to Afghanistan to seek a portrait of a nation... and come ... See full summary »

Director: David Shadrack Smith | Star: John Benjamin Hickey

42. Thinking XXX (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary

For a book project, photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders took photographs of 30 stars of adult movies, each pair of photographs in the same pose, clothed and nude. This film records the ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Sunrise Adams, Briana Banks, Belladonna, Seymore Butts

Votes: 885

44. In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

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... See full summary »

Director: Tomas Leach | Star: Saul Leiter

Votes: 177 | Gross: $0.01M

45. Strand, Under the Dark Cloth (1989)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

Paul Strand (1890-1976) remains a curiously shrouded and paradoxical figure. While passionately devoted to humanity, he was happiest in the isolation of the darkroom.

Director: John Walker | Stars: John Walker, Blanche Brown, Milton Brown, Leo Hurwitz

Votes: 48

46. Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

54 Metascore

An intimate portrait of Anton Corbijn as he travels the world as a photographer, film maker and video artist. A unique and revelatory look at the drama and conflict inherent in the man ... See full summary »

Director: Klaartje Quirijns | Stars: Anton Corbijn, Bono, Martin Gore, Herbert Grönemeyer

Votes: 512

47. The Vivian Maier Mystery (2013)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary

The story of Vivian Maier a nanny in 60-70's New York and Chicago who, unbeknownst to many, had a secret passion for photography. Her incredible body of work, only discovered after her ... See full summary »

Director: Jill Nicholls

Votes: 143

48. What Remains (2005)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

A look at the creative process of celebrated photographer Sally Mann.

Director: Steven Cantor | Stars: Sally Mann, Karen Bailey, Richard Jantz, Emmett Mann

Votes: 237