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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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Reader Comments (5)

I loved the Crewdson film, will check out the other two! Thanks!
June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDani D
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the dad in The Woodmans was a bit creepy. He just struck me as being out of touch with his kids and then suddenly being too close to his kids, especially Francesca. That her parents put so much pressure on their kids to love art, to be artists and then to hear them talk about how they had no clue she was struggling. I mean her mom says she would hate anyone who didn't love art as much as she does. Her dad basically said the same thing. It's sad and frustrating that they seem so clueless as to their dauther's life before she died and the pressure they put on. At least that's what I took from it.
June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendi
Wow! I knew of Sally Mann but not the other two. Can't wait to watch these.
June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Eng
I am with you Wendi... the parents really left a bad taste in mouth after I watched this. I don't blame them for Francesca's decline but I do think they contributed in some ways. It is just not an outcome I think most parents can fathom. Francesca's story a sad and frustrating one for sure, so much potential lost.
June 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterPiewacket
I love that Sally Mann interview! Tenacity, yes! Great post!
June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacey Quig

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