Cameraperson (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Fresh and inventive yet immediately accessible, Cameraperson distills its subject's life and career into an experience that should prove immediately absorbing even for those unfamiliar with her work.

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A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage collected over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality and crafted narrative. 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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It serves as a peek behind the curtain of documentary filmmaking, exposing even more than what's usually shown in the genre.

Nov 28, 2018 | Full Review…

A life behind the lens is examined in "Cameraperson," a fascinating, purposely disjointed documentary from director Kirsten Johnson.

Apr 14, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A thoughtful examination of the role of the documentary-maker.

Jan 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Put briefly, [Johnson] earns her juxtapositions of wildflowers and barbed wire.

Jan 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Cameraperson" shows us the power of image as a tool of recording life, but also finds reasons that even in the worst situations, it's still worth living.

Jan 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Cameraperson draws our attention not just to what we're seeing, but to how we're seeing it. It encourages us to wonder how a camera operator negotiates personal space in tense, intimate, emotionally fraught situations.

Dec 28, 2016 | Full Review…

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