I discovered the photographer Francesca Woodman through the documentary The Woodmans. A prodigy of sorts, shooting amazing images from the first moment she picked up a camera but who tragically committed suicide at 22. Raised in a family of artists whose own egos and emotional investment in their daughters legacy are a big part of the film. The father has even taken up photography (I found this part of the movie a touch creepy) as well as curator of Francesca's work.
In a whole other direction you have Brief Encounters detailing the cinematic work of Gregory Crewdson, who creates elaborate scenes with a mysterious narrative. Each production is created on the scale of a small indie film and cost nearly as much. Even most of the crew he works with come from a film background and he oversees down to the most minute details. I really enjoyed seeing how his work developed and the in depth look at his process. Both of these films are also available to stream on Netflix.
Now last but not least, I loved this wonderful view into the world of one of my favorite photographers, Sally Mann. What Remains details her process which is deceptivly simple. She is a master of working with natural light and always stays true to her ideal of photographing "what you know". I could not find a good trailer to post but you can view one here and stream it here. I also enjoyed this interview below with Charlie Rose...
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