Citizen Kitty

‘Kedi’ has been  called the Citizen Kane of cat documentaries but rather than the life of one Charles Foster Kane, we have the lives of nine very distinctive Istanbul street cats and their effect on the humans who care for them. Beautifully shot with a massive amount of cats throughout, this is a must-see for …

Growing Up Black

Dennis Morris is a photographer, designer and musician previously known to me through his photographs of Bob Marley and The Sex Pistols. However he was also a fine documentary photographer as witnessed by his book ‘Growing up Black’ a chronicle of his East London neighborhood during the sixties and seventies. A snapshot of an era …

Mosh

Teenagers, you’ve got to admire their energy. Where as their older brothers and sisters would be content to nod their heads empathetically to their favorite bands these intrepid youngsters choose to unleash themselves on a mosh pit. Emily Stein was there to capture the sweat, angst and acne in all it’s glory.

The Act of Killing

It will take a long time to remove the memory of a confessed mass murderer dressed as a woman ogling a group of Indonesian beauties dancing out of the mouth of an iron fish. I’m prepared to bet that’s not a sentence that you will be able to read in connection with any other film …

True Love

Where to begin with A Letter to True? If I were to say this is a documentary structured in the form of a letter written by the narrator, fashion photographer Bruce Weber, to someone called True it might not seem that odd. If I mention that True is a golden retriever it starts to become …

American Places

The road trip is something of an American institution. From Kerouac in the forties to Robert Frank in the fifties and Stephen Shore in the seventies, artists have attempted to get to grips with this sprawling nation through long distance driving. Stephen Shore’s work is of particular interest because it seems to capture the DNA …

Mountain Men

On his site Bryan Schutmaat describes his series ‘Grays the Mountain Sends’ thus ‘This project ……. explores the lives of working people 
residing in small mountain towns and mining communities in the American West. Equipped with a large format view
camera, and inspired by the poetry of Richard Hugo, I’ve aimed to hint at narratives and relay the experiences of stranger’s 
met …

Massive Attack Versus Adam Curtis

It’s not to often that you’re going to find Russian Punks, Donald Trump, Liz Fraser, Goldman Sachs economist Fischer Black and the Yakuza all contributing to an evening’s entertainment but Massive Attack v Adam Curtis pulls off this trick in some style. The multi-media event at Park Avenue Armory is one of the most thought-provoking …

Portraits of War

Deciding to be a war photographer seems to me to be the equivalent of deciding to opt for an early death. Robert Capa, Tim Page and Larry Burrows are among those killed by conflict. Tim Hethrington is the latest in this tragic and distinguished line. It always amazes me that people who spend much of …

Hail Cesaretti

  Gaining access is the bane of the documentary photographer’s life. You may want to take pictures of a Colombian drug cartel in action but doing so without being shot in the head can prove decidedly difficult Gusmano Cesaretti seems to have solved the problem judging by his fantastic images of low rider subculture in …