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5 Photography Documentaries to Watch

If you are looking for photography documentaries to watch, here are the 5 we recommend.
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Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project (2006)

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This documentary is a moving portrait of the artist and her unconventional family dynamics over three tumultuous years. Her series on her mother in Grey Gardens in upstate New York looks at art and family and contrasts mundane moments and emotionally complex relationships. Themes of ageing, mental illness, and mother-child dynamics are explored.

Reely and Truly (2015)

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This documentary by Tyrone Lebon is a 30minute film that acts as a visual poem looking at contemporary photographers and their practices. There is also a book with photographs, text and movies of over 30 photographers published by DoBeDo. It features photographers such as Juergen Teller, Petra Collins, Mario Sorrenti, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Ari Marcopoulos. 

Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

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Moving between New York, France and Chicago, this documentary traces the life of Vivian Maier. She was a photographer and a nanny. Her unknown collection of 100,000 photographs gave her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers in the United States. 

The Colourful Mr Eggleston (2009)

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This documentary is about the renowned American photographer William Eggleston, one of the first fine art photographers to use colour film,


Dorothea Lange – An American Odyssey

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Considered one of the most influential photographers after her Depression-era work for the Resettlement Administration, Dorothea Lange’s images and life are examined in this documentary. 


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