SUMMER EXHIBITION FILM SERIES
Documentaries about Photography
July 28 – September 8, 2016
Screening 1: Thursday 28th July, 1pm
Film Poster for Chevolution, 2008
Chevolution (86minutes, 2009, Directed by Louis Lopez and Trisha Ziff)
In 1960 the Cuban photographer known as Korda took a snapshot of Che Guevara whilst he was attending a memorial service in Havana. This photograph went on to become the most reproduced image in the history of the medium. This documentary asks: how and why did this photo become so important? The film is a fascinating study of how it entered the public domain to be exploited the world over. The film throws a revealing light on communism and capitalism, idealism and opportunism, art and commerce, and how they have interacted and operated on the same materials during the past half century.
Film Poster for Bill Cunningham New York, 2010
Screening 2: Thursday 11th August, 7pm
Bill Cunningham New York (84minutes, 2010, Directed by Richard Press)
The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section. Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, 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.
Screening 3: Thursday 25th August, 1pm
Film Poster for Finding Vivian Maier, 2013
Finding Vivian Maier (83 minutes, 2013, Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel)
This critically acclaimed documentary is about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs and hid them in storage lockers. Decades later the photographs were discovered by chance at a house auction. 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. Though her work is now regarded as being the finest within street photography she remains an elusive and enigmatic figure.
Screening 4: Thursday 8th September, 7pm
Chihuahua, New York City, 1946. © Elliot Erwitt / Magnum Photos
Contacts (10 minutes)
The greatest photographers in the world reveal the secrets behind their images in this collection of short, personal films. Using images (contact prints, proofs, prints, or slides) with commentary by the artists, the program utilizes an original perspective to uncover the artistic processes of the greatest contemporary photographers.
Mugshot (51minutes, 2014, Directed by Dennis Mohr)
Originally a law enforcement tool, the mugshot has deviated from its fundamental purpose as a source of criminal identification. “Mugshot” explores the personal stories of those whose lives have been transformed by these iconic photographs, and examines their cultural significance and value to contemporary society.
William Stanley Moore, Photograph by The Sydney Justice & Police Museum, c.1920