I just watched documentary, Cameraman: the Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, at Pacific Cinémathèque. I recommend this film to anyone interested in photography, cinematography or painting. It's a great behind the scenes look at early film making from a technical perspective. Cardiff explains his motivation and understanding of lighting and how he was influenced by classical paintings. This film goes through
his black and white experience into Technicolor.
In movies today, I see a definite decline in the understanding of lighting and camera-work
as a character as important as a lead. But every once and awhile a film comes out that
uses lighting and camera technique expertly to contribute to a story.
Off hand, the Cook, the Thief, his Wife & her Lover and Pan's Labyrinth
come to mind. Both worth checking out for the cinematography and symbolism, and both
are films I often think about. And of course the unforgettable staple, Citizen Kane, I learned a
ton about photography from this movie. All photographers should own a copy,
it will undoubtedly improve your black and white photography.
I may have snapped a few shots in the theatre..see photos here.
The Cook, the Thief, his Wife & her Lover (1989)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)