To visit modern day Berlin is to be immediately confronted by the visual evidence of a persistent question: ‘how do you acknowledge and learn from the past while at the same time planning and building for the future?’ The result is a city of design, and redesign, with a highly eclectic mix of architecture and urban spaces. It’s one of the most interesting places I’ve visited.
Oliver Stone's controversial 1991 thriller is an example of how visual authenticity can be a powerful and persuasive tool in political narratives. Together with his virtuoso cinematographer Robert Richardson, Stone used a brilliant mixture of historically accurate footage and reconstructed scenes to present an alternative myth about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Raise the Red Lantern (1991) is a meticulously framed, exquisitely beautiful and extremely claustrophobic film to watch. With its blend of formal compositions, static camera angles and daring color palettes, auteur filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s exploration of female oppression is simultaneously tender and detached.
Though somewhat overlooked when it originally came out in 1993, Searching for Bobby Fischer is a hidden gem of a film featuring stunning cinematography by Conrad Hall. A must-see for anyone interested in photography and cinematography, Searching for Bobby Fischer is a masterclass in lighting and visual storytelling.
I’ve challenged myself (and my long-suffering wife) to watch/re-watch every film from American Society of Cinematographer’s list of ‘Milestone Films in Cinematography of the 20th Century’. This week we revisited genre defining 'Seven', directed by David Fincher and shot by Darius Khondji. Here are some notes and observations from re-watching this visceral and gripping classic thriller.
It strikes you the moment you step off the plane at Keflavik Airport. The remarkable quality of Iceland's light. Even down south near Reykjavik, there is a milky-soft ambiance in the shadows that make it a favourite for cinematographers and landscape photographers alike. In this photographic tour of Iceland, I quickly realized it was all about the light.