5 of the best photography movies

It's World Photography Day. And in honour of that, here's some essential photo-related movie viewing...

Blow-Up (1966)

Michelangelo Antonioni's masterpiece tells the tale of a debauched, David Bailey-esque fashion photographer (David Hemmings) whose playboy lifestyle's disrupted when he becomes convinced he witnessed a murder – and may have caught it on film. Lots of studio-based Hasselblad action and a Nikon F takes the shot that causes our hero such bother.

Pecker (1998)

You may have thought Edward Furlong's finest hour was being groomed by Arnie's kiddie-friendly Terminator in Judgment Day, but you'd be utterly wrong. He plays Pecker, a kid with a family of trashy weirdoes in a town full of trashy weirdoes, a scary laundrette-obsessed girlfriend (Christina Ricci), and a beat-up old Canon Canonet camera he uses to document it all. It's genius.

Under Fire (1983)

Nick Nolte gruffly swings his motor-driven Nikon F2 and Leica M4 around wartorn Nicaragua, while finding time to get embroiled in a love triangle with Gene Hackman and Joanna Cassidy.

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

As the title makes clear, this is no biopic of real-life photographer Diane Arbus, but rather a fictional version inspired by the controversial oddness of her photos. Starring a Rolleiflex-wielding Nicole Kidman and an impossibly hairy Robert Downey Jr.

Salvador (1986)

Oliver Stone's grim tale of a photojournalist – played by the ever-excellent James Woods – in troubled El Salvador. He gets friendly with the rebels and used by the military, before realising he needs to get his girlfriend out of the country before things get any worse. Despite holding a Canon F-1 on the movie poster, he shoots with a Nikon throughout.

Also worth a watch

City of God

Blood Diamond

We Were Soldiers

The Public Eye

Rear Window

The Killing Fields


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