PHOTOGRAPHY ON FILM

This brief selection of documentaries brings together films that shed light onto the art of photography, thanks to the kind support of the Goethe-Institut Istanbul.

All screenings are free of charge and will be presented at bomontiada Block C, 4th floor. Please make note of subtitle availability for each film.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Istanbul.

STILLEBEN (STILL LIFE) by Harun Farocki (1997)

56 minutes
Turkish and English subtitles
12 May Saturday 14.00

According to Harun Farocki, photographers working in advertising today are, in a way, continuing the tradition of 17th-century Flemish painters through the way they depict objects taken from everyday life – the “still life”. The filmmaker illustrates this intriguing hypothesis with three documentary sequences, showing photographers at work creating contemporary “still lifes”: a cheese-board, beer glasses, and an expensive watch.

OSTKREUZ by Maik Reichert (2015)

89 minutes
Turkish and English subtitles
13 May Sunday 17:00

Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, seven photographers from East Germany founded their own agency, OSTKREUZ, in 1990. The basic idea was to create a collective that would grant them security in authorship. Soon, Ostkreuz became the most important photo agency in Germany. Now, they have 18 members from East and West. One thing still unites them: a humanistic worldview. Berlin-based filmmaker Maik Reichert followed Ostkreutz for several years while making this film. His film tells the photographers’ story, with and without the Wall.

HOW TO MAKE A BOOK WITH STEIDL by Jörg Adolph and Gereon Wetzel (2010)

1 hour 28 minutes
English subtitles
13 May Sunday 14.00

For 40 years, Gerhard Steidl has combined the roles of printer and publisher, resolved to personally check each sheet leaving his printing shop in Göttingen. This perfectionism, combined with an unconditional love of books, a deep appreciation of traditional printing craft, and a commitment to the quality standards of manufacturing (in the original sense of the word, with works made by hand), has brought him worldwide attention. The most internationally renowned photographic artists vie for the opportunity to collaborate with Steidl, to conceive and produce the perfect publication with him. Filmed in the direct cinema style, the film observes the publisher as he collaborates with the world famous photographers Joel Sternfeld, Robert Frank, Ed Ruscha, Jeff Wall, and Robert Adams, at their studios and other places of work, in New York, London, and Paris, in the Qatar desert, and, last but not least, in Göttingen.