Berlin, you better write those ones down, because this is gold! Berlin Film Society is launching an exciting 5-part documentary series exploring the art – and, at times, the danger – of photography at Factory Berlin, Görlitzer Park, from 25th April through to 20th June. The documentaries feature legendary photographers and are a must-see for any art or photography lover. These essential documentaries feature legendary photographers who pioneered their own way in the field, never compromised their vision, and offered a vital portrait of the modern world.
For The Love of Photography #1:
Bill Cunningham New York – April 25th
The first film to kick start this series explores the eccentric, obsessive, and tireless NYC fashion chronicler Bill Cunningham. Armed with a camera, he was one of the most enduring and individual authorities on fashion.
For decades, this bike-riding cultural anthropologist has been documenting uptown fixtures, downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.
For The Love of Photography #2:
Everybody Street – May 9th
The second film in this series takes us on a trip to New York City, through the eyes, ears, and lenses of some of the city’s most street-savvy photographers. Such as Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Ricky Powell, and Jamel Shabazz.
Everybody Street illuminates the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.
For The Love of Photography #3:
Finding Vivian Maier – May 23rd
The third film in FOR THE LOVE OF PHOTOGRAPHY series explores the story of Vivian Maier, an incredibly secretive woman who compiled a vast collection of photographs. Decades later they were discovered, earning her a posthumous reputation as one of the 20th century’s greatest photographers.
Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now regarded among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.
For The Love of Photography #4:
Mapplethorpe – June 6th
Mapplethorpe’s vast, provocative, and powerful body of work has established him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.
“Look at the pictures, look at the pictures!”. With these words, Senator Jesse Helms denounced the work of Robert Mapplethorpe in Congress. Twenty-five years on, the first full-length documentary about the artist since his death does just that. An unrestricted examination of the life and work of Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed social boundaries with their frank depictions of nudity, sexuality, and fetishism.
“I want to be a story, told at night in beds all over the world” – Robert Mapplethorpe
For The Love of Photography #5:
The Salt of the Earth – June 20th
Witness two masters at work as Wim Wenders provides a deeply considered portrait of visionary photographer Sebastião Salgado, whose images transcend history itself.
For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been traveling through the continents, in the footsteps of ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation, and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project, which is a tribute to the planet’s beauty.
Sebastião Salgado’s life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last travels, and by renowned director Wim Wenders, himself a photographer.