Cameraperson

Cameraperson

Criterion Collection Edition #853

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home with the director: Kirsten Johnson weaves these scenes and others into her film CAMERAPERSON, a tapestry of footage captured over her twenty-five-year career as a documentary cinematographer. 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 with crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, CAMERAPERSON is 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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Cameraperson
  • Cameraperson

    Directed by Kirsten Johnson • 2016 • United States

    A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home with the director: Kirsten Johnson weaves these scenes and others into her film CAMERAPERSON, a tape...

Extras

  • Edition Intro

  • Editing CAMERAPERSON

    In the following program, produced in 2016, the personal and collaborative process of making CAMERAPERSON is revisited by director Kirsten Johnson, producers Marilyn Ness and Danielle Varga, and editors Nels Bangerter and Amanda Laws.

  • In the Service of Film

    The following roundtable conversation features director Kirsten Johnson along with documentary filmmaker Gini Reticker and sound recordists Wellington Bowler and Judy Karp, frequent collaborators of Jonhson’s whose work is featured in CAMERAPERSON. It was produced in 2016.

  • Festival Talks: Traverse City Film Festival

    In 2016, director Kirsten Johnson traveled with CAMERAPERSON to two film festival that had unique connections to the content of her documentary. Both screenings were followed by in-depth conversations with Johnson. An edited program from the live event at Traverse City, hosted by filmmaker Michae...

  • Festival Talks: Sarajevo Film Festival

    In 2016, director Kirsten Johnson traveled with Cameraperson to two film festival that had unique connections to the content of her documentary. Both screenings were followed by in-depth conversations with Johnson. An edited program from one of those live events is presented here.

  • The Above

    Directed by Kirsten Johnson • 2015 • United States

    This 2015 short film by Kirsten Johnson was commissioned by Field of Vision, a filmmaker-driven visual journalism unit that pairs directors with developing stories around the globe. In THE ABOVE, a U.S. military surveillance balloon floats on a ...