A Supercut of Hollywood Movies About Photographers

Supercuts of movies are all the rage these days; here’s one that’ll be of interest to photography and camera enthusiasts. Simply titled “Photographers,” the video was created by English artists Mishka Henner and David Oates, who spent hours upon hours watching more than 100 movies. The duo extracted short snippets from each one and spent months turning them into the giant whirlwind tour seen in the video above (warning: there’s a dash of language, violence, and risqué business).

Here’s the description given by Henner and Oates:

Voyeur, hunter and investigator are just a few of the roles that have characterized the photographer when depicted in modern cinema. In Photographers, hundreds of scenes involving this now ubiquitous character are remixed and re-sequenced to expose the clichés, tropes and accidental truisms associated with the medium. As the sole subject of the film, the photographer is turned from observer to observed.

It’s interesting to see how Hollywood chooses to portray different kinds of photographers, from portrait shooters working with subjects to conflict photojournalists working on the front lines of battle.

While some of the movies are easily recognizable and well-known even outside of photography circles, there are some obscure titles in the supercut as well. Unfortunately, Henner and Oates have chosen to not publish a list of movies included in the video. However, that presents the perfect challenge for the readers of this blog: let’s see if we can build our own list.

If you recognize any of the clips seen in the video, leave a comment with the movie’s title and the time at which it appears!

(via Wired)

  • perento


  • photosforus

    Full Metal Jacket

    thats all I knew.

    What’s the movie in the lower right hand corner of the picture?

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  • Mitch

    The photographers portrayed by Adrian Brody, Brendan Gleeson and Andie MacDowell were from the 2002 movie Harrisons Flowers, set in the former Yugoslavia in 1991.

  • Alexander Potiomkin

    Where’s Julia Roberts in Closer?

  • Michelle

    First clip is from Delirious
    At 3:55 is Rear Window (the scene on the right)
    At 6:35 is Fur: An imaginary portrait of Diane Arbus
    And I noticed clips from Blow-up

  • turgidson

    ‘Salvador’ is the film with James Woods.

  • Jack

    Blow-Up, Under Fire, Rear Window, Full Metal Jacket, Salvador, Delirious, Harrison’s Flowers… some others with timings:

    5.20 City of God
    6.30 Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (w/Nicole Kidman)
    7.53 Peeping Tom
    8.01 Smoke (w/Harvey Keitel)
    8.19 Away We Stay (‘movie’ w/Helen Christensen)
    8.29 Funny Face (w/Fred Astaire)
    9.05 The Eyes of Laura Mars (w/Faye Dunaway)
    9.26 Closer (w/Julia Roberts)

    A few I can’t identify, but I thought they’d try and squeeze in a lot more to be honest :)

  • Sanjukta Das

    please please please share with us the list of movies! pretty please!

  • Sanjukta Das

    please please please share with us the list of movies! pretty please!

  • Marius Gherghe

    I can’t believe they didn’t add “Femme Fatale” with Antonio Banderas…

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  • DaveMax

    No Triage or The Bang Bang Club??

  • Mansgame

    The one with James Woods is Salvador

  • Zachariah Xacian

    Doesnt it seem a bit disrespectful for the video creators to not credit the movies they took from?

    I wonder if they would mind me taking a selection of their photographs and presenting them as a series of my own..

  • Joe Passerby

    Pretty Baby

  • deadturtle

    Anyone know the movie at 7.30?

  • Suzanne Feliciano

    Lower right is Harrison’s Flowers

  • eric

    can i ask about a movie where a girl(maybe played by calire forlani or i dont know who) who falls in lov with a photographer..some part of the movie they danced and the camera slipped…the movie is a lovestory…the actor is more like a latino