Cameraperson

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A boxing match in Brooklyn. Postwar life in Bosnia. The daily routine of a Nigerian midwife. An intimate family moment at home. These scenes and others weave into "Cameraperson" a tapestry of footage from documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson's 25-year career.

Johnson explores, through a series of episodic juxtapositions, the relationships between image-makers and their subjects, objectivity and intervention, and truth and storytelling.

A hybrid work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, "Cameraperson" is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker's personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.

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100/100
Cameraperson isn’t a work of journalism or advocacy. It’s a scrapbook, a found poem assembled out of scraps and snippets of truth. And it is, above all, an act of showing rather...
56d ago
If anything, by removing the broader narrative context around such moments, she preserves and enhances their dignity — and in so doing, reclaims the vital connection between aes...
56d ago
The collage film “Cameraperson” is one of the most original, challenging, sometimes infuriating documentaries of recent times.
56d ago
B+/A+
The connective tissue between the different shots is sometimes thin, and some images are of course far less interesting than the others. But those hiccups can’t degrade the uniq...
56d ago
80/100
Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson delivers a uniquely insightful memoir-cum-critical-treatise on the nature and ethics of her craft.
56d ago
Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson’s 25-year collection of spare documentary footage, premiering at Sundance, offers a fascinating and personal glimpse of the world.
56d ago
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