Henri Cartier-Bresson completed just six documentaries during his legendary career. But they are significant additions to his body of work that also shed insight into his photographic practice.
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Binge-Worthy #6½: The Films of Man Ray (Part 2)
The conclusion of a two-part series exploring Man Ray’s “cinepoems”.
Binge-Worthy #6: The Films of Man Ray (Part 1)
In the 1920s, utilizing the alternative photographic processes that he pioneered, Man Ray made a handful of short films that helped lay the foundation for avant-garde filmmaking.
Binge-Worthy #4: In The Street (Helen Levitt, 1948)
In the Street is a sensitively observed slice-of-life portrait of Spanish Harlem shot in 1948 and released in the early 1950s. Acclaimed street photographer Helen Levitt collaborated on the film with her sister-in-law, painter Janice Loeb, and author James Agee, who wrote the text for Now Let Us Praise Famous Men.
Binge-Worthy #3: Gare de Lyon (William Klein, 1963)
Gare de Lyon, one of WIlliam Klein’s earliest filmmaking efforts, is much more modest in ambition and scale than his later films. It’s a quick sketch made by a brilliant autodidact who is just beginning to test the limits of the medium—and a relatively simple concept executed extremely well.
Binge-Worthy #1: Manhatta (Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler, 1921)
A semi-forgotten gem that MoMA cites as the first American avant-garde film, Manhatta was co-directed by Paul Strand, one of the most influential photographers of the early 20th Century. His co-director was the highly accomplished Charles Sheeler, a classically trained painter and self-taught photographer who came up with the initial concept for the film.