8.0/10
3,646
10 user 38 critic

War Photographer (2001)

| Documentary, War | 2001 (USA)
Trailer
2:01 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

Director:

Christian Frei
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

McCullin (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Directors: David Morris, Jacqui Morris
Stars: Harold Evans, Don McCullin, Michael Parkinson
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

EVERYBODY STREET, directed by Cheryl Dunn, illuminates the lives and work of New York's iconic street photographers - including Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Ricky Powell... See full summary »

Director: Cheryl Dunn
Stars: Boogie, Martha Cooper, Bruce Davidson
The Genius of Photography (TV Series 2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Stars: David Byrne
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Heinz Bütler interviews Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) late in life. Cartier-Bresson pulls out photographs, comments briefly, and holds them up to Bütler's camera. A few others share ... See full summary »

Director: Heinz Bütler
Stars: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alexander Brooks, Robert Delpire
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders
Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado
Genesis 2.0 (2018)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters are searching for the tusks of extinct mammoths. There is a gold rush fever in the air. The price for white gold has never ... See full summary »

Directors: Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev
Documentary | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of three lost boxes known as the Mexican Suitcase that were recovered in 2007. The boxes, misplaced in the chaos at the start of WWII, contained many of the Spanish Civil War ... See full summary »

Director: Trisha Ziff
Stars: Ernest Alós, Juan Diego Botto, Antonio de la Fuente Ferraz
Drama | Thriller
Director: B.K. Wunder
Stars: Lucas Prisor, John Savage, Vladimir Burlakov
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A filmmaker's investigation into the destruction of giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan.

Director: Christian Frei
Stars: Taysir Alony, Sayeed Mirza Hussain, Peter Mettler
Documentary | Biography | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

Director: Steven Silver
Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal
Stars: Edward Burtynsky
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Nachtwey ... Photographer
Christiane Amanpour ... Herself - Chief International Correspondent CNN
Hans-Hermann Klare Hans-Hermann Klare ... Foreign Editor STERN Magazine
Christiane Breustedt Christiane Breustedt ... Editor in Chief GEO SAISON Magazine
Des Wright Des Wright ... Cameraman REUTERS
Denis O'Neill Denis O'Neill ... Screenwriter / Jim's Best Friend
Edit

Storyline

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Switzerland

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fotógrafo de Guerra See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

James Nachtwey: I began to do documentary photographs of poverty which is very widespread in Indonesia. There's terrible poverty. These are people who have jobs, raise families, it's very much a worker's neighbourhood. And this is what they have found themselves in; the longer railway tracks. These are not drug addicts or drop-outs; they work. They're trying to raise their families. They came in from the countryside looking for a better life, and they simply can't afford normal housing. So they build shacks of...
See more »

Connections

Featured in Docventures: Totuus (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The River
Composed by Eleni Karaindrou
Performed by String Orchestra
Conducted by Lefteris Halkiadakis (as Lefteris Chalkiadakis)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Moving film, fascinating documentary
11 February 2005 | by sarahkatherineSee all my reviews

The part I liked best about this film is the way it uses Nachtwey's camera to do the actual filming: on top of his still camera, the filmmakers mounted a little movie camera. The end result is that you can watch the scene unfolding as if you were looking through Nachtwey's own lens. Watching as he transforms scenes of violence, chaos, and noise into breathtaking still photographs is fascinating. Any shutterbugs out there will enjoy this movie for that aspect of it alone.

It's also a very moving film--very intense. I certainly can't get through it without tearing up, and when I looked around the theater I saw the same shock and grief on the faces of my fellow moviegoers. The ethos of the film seems to reflect the sentiment behind Nachtwey's own photographs; that is, you don't get the New York Times explanation of who the victims are, who the perpetrators are, or what the socio-political context is. The violence and suffering are presented simply: this thing happened to this person at this moment, and it was awful.

It's not too preachy; the viewer is left to ask her own questions about why and how these things happen. Sometimes all those explanations can obscure the individual lives that are contained in a word like "collateral damage." Nachtwey's photography, and this film, clarify that fact simply by observing it. That's the essence of the best documentary photography, and it's a great reason to see this film.


18 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed