Travails with my camera

Riverside Studios Photography Documentary Night

Last night I got the chance to see two fantastic photography documentaries at the Riverside Studios cinema in Hammersmith.

The Mexican Suitcase

For years the International Centre of Photography knew that a box of negatives had escaped from the Spanish Civil War. The box contained the negatives of legendary photojournalists Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour and Gerda Taro.

This film investigates the story of the losing Republican soldiers, their escape from Franco and their move to Mexico.

Some stunning B&W Phootjournalism is on display.

Finding Vivian Maier

This is a film about a young man who bought a box of 150,000 negatives. The images turn out to be amongst the best American street photography ever seen.

Maier, a dark, highly introverted character took some fantastic photos, including the first Selfies – taken with a Rolleiflex

Well worth seeing out.

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