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The five best photography documentaries on Amazon Prime


Amazon Prime has a lot of photography content. Some is quite good - some truly awful. Look hard enough and there are some absolute gems to be found if you are prepared to search for them. The best bit is that they come free with your Amazon Prime membership.


These are my five favourite photo documentaries which are (at the time of writing) free-to-watch on Amazon Prime in the UK. Depending on where you are in the world, they might not be available. If you think I've missed any, please list them in the comments.


1. The Jazz Loft According To W. Eugene Smith This movie concentrates on Smith's life in NYC and his connection with the jazz musicians who frequented the building where he lived. If you love jazz this is a piece of history. If you love photography, Smith's images will leave you wondering how one man can be so good at what he does. I can't recommend this one enough.


2. The Eye Of Istanbul A wonderful documentary on the late Ara Güler, who spent his life photographing Istanbul. Beautifully shot, and very well put together, this movie showcases both his images and his personality.


3. Meeting Sebastiao Salgado Shot mainly in and around his home and studio in Paris, this movie gives a little more depth into Salgado's life and work. It's very much interview based, but it's fascinating, inspirational, and educational.


4. A Good Day To Die Six years in the making, this is the life of combat photographer Jason P Howe. A harrowing account of what life is like as a photographer at the sharp end of humanity. Like 'War Photographer', this isn't an easy movie to watch, but it does make compelling viewing.


5. Peter Lindbergh - The Eye I'm a huge fan of Lindbergh's work, and this short documentary is a fascinating insight into the man and his photography.

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