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We know very well that Cinema and Photography are deeply linked, the former wouldn’t exist without the second.

So we got inspired to put together a mix of movies celebrating analogue photography in all its glory.

Top 5 – Movies featuring Photography

‘Blowup’, 1966 (thriller/mystery)
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

A mod London photographer seems to find something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.
This intriguing movie is a cult classic from the 60s.


‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’, 2013 (adventure/comedy)
Director: Ben Stiller

Walter works at LIFE magazine as a negative assets manager. As the magazine is set to convert to online and his job is threatened, photojournalist Sean O’Connell sent Mitty his latest negatives, he believes negative #25 captures the “quintessence” of Life and that it should be used for the cover of the magazine’s final print issue.
The negative is missing and Walter embarks on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined..


‘Rear Window’, 1954 (mystery/thriller)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window.
One night during a thunderstorm Jeff hears a woman scream “Don’t!” and then the sound of breaking glass. He observes Thorwald (a traveling jewelry salesman with a bedridden wife) leaving his apartment. Thorwald makes repeated late-night trips carrying his sample case. The next morning Jeff notices that Thorwald’s wife is gone and becomes convinced that he killed her.


‘Carol’, 2015 (drama/romance)
Director: Todd Haynes

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.
Trivia: Cinematographer Edward Lachman took direct inspiration from Saul Leiter (known for shooting through windows and using reflections) and Vivian Maier’s photographs.

Carol movie

‘Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus’, 2006 (drama/romance)
Director: Steven Shainberg

Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in love with Lionel Sweeney, an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century.
A little trivia: promo portraits of the actors were taken by Mary Ellen Mark

fur screencap

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Portrait Photographers
Photography documentaries
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