Street photography documentaries

Before I was a photographer I don’t notice how many other people also had a camera. When I got a camera and became a photographer I realised just how many people have cameras too. Welcome to the “frequency illusion,” or the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, the term for the phenomenon where by once you notice something you start noticing it more frequently. I experienced the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon again after I watched Everybody Street, since then I have discovered a bunch of other street photography documentaries. The below documentaries are the best documentary films that I have discovered about street photography and street photographers. I’d recommend watching them all.


Everybody Street

Everybody Street looks at the lives and work of some of New York’s most iconic street photographers and city that has inspired them for decades. This is one of my favourite street photography films, I love that it doesn’t focus on one photographer. Through “Everybody Street” I have discovered some new favourite photographers; Boogie, Ricky Powell, and Clayton Patterson.


Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades
later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers.

I still haven’t seen Finding Vivian Maier as of the writing of this post but it is on at my local cinema and I plan on going to see it at the movies, then when it comes out on Blu Ray I’m going to buy it to watch again. It’s critically acclaimed so it can’t be bad right?


In No Great Hurry – 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter

In No Great Hurry is a fascinating documentary on one of the 20th century’s most beloved street photographers, Saul Leiter (1923–2013). The film follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of clearing a houseful of memories, becoming world-famous in his eighties, and fending off a pesky filmmaker.


William Eggleston Into The Real World

William Eggleston Into The Real World is a portrait of the reclusive artist as he shoots a commissioned assignment in Kentucky, travels to Los Angeles for a show, conducts a joint question and answer session with author Bruce Wagner, and explores the nooks and crannies of the small Tennessee towns that provide his inspiration.



In-Sight was commissioned for the Format International Photography Festival in Derby in 2011. It follows some of the members of the in-public street photographers collective shooting on the streets and explaining their work and approach.


Bonus: Documenting the Human Condition


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