Posts Tagged ‘documentary’

The Tower of David: Photographs Showing Life Inside the Tallest Slum in the World

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The Tower of David in the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas is an unfinished skyscraper and the third tallest building in the country. The construction of the tower came to an abrupt halt in 1994 due to the Venezuelan banking crisis, and it was quickly taken over by squatters. Thus, for years the building was known as the “tallest slum in the world.”

24-year-old photographer Alejandro Cegarra spent time with the residents and documented their way of life through images. The resulting project is titled, “The Other Side of the Tower.”
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TED Talk: Photographer Documents Everyday Objects Exhumed from Mass Graves in Bosnia

Watches, glasses and combs… these are the kinds of everyday objects that photographer Ziyah Gafić has spent a great deal of time photographing over the past few years. They’re objects that are seemingly mundane and unimportant, but in fact tell a tragic story that Gafić’s work seeks to reveal and preserve. Read more…

This Couple’s Shared Passion for Photography Extended Beyond the Grave

Get the tissues ready, because this one is aiming right for the feels. Tucked away within a documentary on the history of Japanese cameras, this touching story of Yoko and Minoru Tanaka took us completely unawares.

We thought we were watching a mildly interesting and informative documentary… as it turns out, it was much more than that. Read more…

TIME Addresses the Fake Ruined Negatives from the Robert Capa D-Day Documentary

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A month ago we shared with you a video documenting the story behind the ‘lost’ negatives famed conflict photographer Robert Capa captured on D-Day.

In the documentary, there’s a moment where the empty rolls of film are shown, emulsion gone and the plastic worn and tattered. Many of us probably didn’t think twice about the negatives that were shown, but A.D. Coleman and Rob McElroy did, and what they found out was a bit shocking, especially coming from a publication as respected as TIME. Read more…

Short Documentary Tells the Story of the Last Rolls of E6 Film Developed by Orms

Earlier this year, renowned Cape Town photography store Orms developed their last roll of slide film through the E6 process. To bring the era of a legendary process to a proper close, Hero AV brought together a short documentary depicting three photographers who were asked to shoot the last of the slide film that would be developed at the lab. Read more…

Compelling Photos Document the Contents of Abandoned Suitcases from a 125-Year-Old Psychiatric Center

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Willard Psychiatric Center began its life in 1869 as Willard Asylum for the Insane, closing down over 125 years later in 1995. Thousands of long-term patients passed through its doors, and when the center was shut down, it was discovered that hundreds of suitcases belonging to some of its earliest residents had been set aside and forgotten in one of the hospital’s attics.

Those suitcases and their contents have been preserved, catalogued and, thanks to photographer Jon Crispin and his compelling Willard Asylum Suitcases series, now they have been photographed as well. Read more…

Riding the Rails: A Chat with Documentary Photographer Michelle Frankfurter

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Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Michelle Frankfurter is a documentary photographer from Takoma Park, MD. Before settling in the Washington, DC area, Frankfurter spent three years living in Nicaragua where she worked as a stringer for the British news agency, Reuters and with the human rights organization Witness For Peace documenting the effects of the contra war on civilians.

Since 2000, Frankfurter has concentrated on the border region between the United States and Mexico, and on themes of migration. Read more…

Explore Dinh Q. Lê’s Moving ‘Crossing the Farther Shore’ Installation

Diving into the latest exhibition from Vietnamese American fine arts photographer Dinh Q. Lê, Walley Films created this short doc to tell the story behind the beautiful art project Crossing the Farther Shore. Read more…

Lytro Documentary Brings Images to Life Through the Eyes of 5 Photographers

Lytro recently created a fascinating documentary to show off the capabilities of its new Illum camera.

By teaming up with five different photographers, all from different styles of work, the company was able to capture how this new approach to photography can be used to turn a photograph into something more… an experience. Read more…

Short Doc: The Life of Bob Marley Through the Eyes of Photographer Dennis Morris

It was the year 1974 when Jamaican reggae king Bob Marley met a young, 16-year old photographer by the name of Dennis Morris. Marley was enamored by Morris from the start, and their relationship quickly blossomed into a friendship which would last for many years to come.

The above video, titled “Bob Marley: Giant,” documents that friendship by sharing the story of Bob Marley’s life through Morris’ eyes and viewfinder. Read more…