Films on photography 2017

McCullin (2012)
Thursday 7 Sept, 8:15pm – Eden Court Cinema, Inverness (15)

To many, Don McCullin is the greatest living war photographer, often cited as an inspiration for today’s photojournalists. For the first time, McCullin speaks candidly about his three-decade career covering wars and humanitarian disasters on virtually every continent and the photographs that often defined historic moments. Exploring not only McCullin’s life and work, but how the ethos of journalism has changed throughout his career, the film is a commentary on the history of photojournalism told through the lens of one of its most acclaimed photographers. Book online here for McCullin.

Koudelka Shooting Holy Land (2015)
Thursday 14 Sept, 8:15pm – Eden Court Cinema, Inverness (12+)

Director Gilad Baram, Koudelka’s assistant at the time, follows him on his journey through the Holy Land from one enigmatic and visually spectacular location to another. In each location – soon to become a new “Koudelka photo” – a new scene unfolds, gradually introducing us to Koudelka’s method of working and his perception of the world he is documenting as well as the people he encounters. A fascinating dialogue emerges between Baram’s cinematography and Koudelka’s still photographs, as Baram places the photographer in his own breathtaking compositions. Book online here for Koudelka Shooting the Holyland (and Scotland’s Far North)

Frame by Frame (2015)
Thursday 21 Sept, 8:15pm – Eden Court Cinema, Inverness (12+)
Frame by Frame

Frame By Frame follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and
dangerous media landscape – reframing Afghanistan for the world, and for themselves. When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. After the regime fell from power in 2001, a fledgling free press emerged and a photography revolution was born. Through cinéma vérité, intimate interviews, powerful photojournalism, and never-before-seen archival footage shot in secret during the Taliban regime, the film connects audiences
with four humans in the pursuit of the truth. Book online here for Frame by Frame (and Scotland’s Far North)

The Salt of the Earth (2013)
Thursday 28 Sept, 8:15pm – Eden Court Cinema, Inverness (12A)
The Salt of the Earth

Co-directed by Salgado’s son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, the film contains recollections from childhood of a father who was absent much of the time and the times he accompanied his father on trips to discover who Salgado was beyond his childhood conception. Sebastião Salgado has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project, which is a tribute to the planet’s beauty. Book online here for The Salt of the Earth

Scotland’s Far North
Showing before Koudelka on Thursday 14 Sept &  Frame by Frame on Thursday 28 Sept 8:15pm – Eden Court Cinema, Inverness
ChickChalmers 6
A 14 minute documentary on the work of Chick Chalmers, Tom Kidd and Glyn Satterley will be shown prior to each of the main features. Glyn Satterley’s ‘Caithness and Sutherland’, Tom Kidd’s ‘Shetland’ and Chick Chalmers ‘Orkney’ from the 1970s, present fascinating photographic glimpses of these areas at a time of change with the effects of the oil industry on the traditional life of these cultures. The film was produced by Street Level for Scotland’s mobile cinema, the Screen Machine, pioneering new ways of taking photography to cinema audiences in remote places in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

top image: Josef Koudelka | East Jerusalem | by Gilad Baram