FILMMAKERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS
Filmmakers AND Films
"There is another world, and it's inside this one."
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CHARLES BURNETT, Killer of Sheep (1978)
"We need to be critical of the police and power structure, we need to stand back and solve these problems, and films need to point to that. There are too many stories that end happily and say very little about life."
VITTORIO DE SICA, Ladri di Biciclette/Bicycle Thieves (1948)
"When I make a picture I love all the characters, their vices and defects. My work is human work. There is always an excuse, even for the criminal. Humanity is a very deep mystery."
BARBARA KOPPLE, Harlan County, USA (1976)
"We never really know what's around the corner when we're filming–what turn a story will take, what a character will do or say to surprise us, how the events in the world will impact our story."
JENNIE LIVINGSTON, Paris is Burning (1990)
"All of the things that James Baldwin wrote about were in this ballroom. How do we construct our identity? How do you live in a consumerist society while not having access? How do you love yourself when you don’t look like what society says you’re supposed to look like?"
RITHY PANH, L'Image Manquante/The Missing Picture (2013)
"I believe in pedagogy more than in justice. I believe in working in time, at the work of time. I want to understand, explain, remember–precisely in that order."
SATYAJIT RAY, The Apu Trilogy (1955-9)
"Somehow I feel that an ordinary person–the man in the street if you like–is a more challenging subject for exploration than people in the heroic mold. It is the half shades, the hardly audible notes that I want to capture and explore."
“The real film takes place where the mind of the viewer meets the screen.”
"You just have to live and life will give you pictures."
"The pictures are there, and you just take them."
“The camera is my tool. Through it I give a reason to everything around me."
Gordon Parks, 1942, , Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection LOC
CARRIE MAE WEEMS
"The camera gave me an incredible freedom. It gave me the ability to parade through the world and look at people and things very, very closely."