Movie Nights at DCP

Watch a selected documentary about photography and stay for an after-movie discussion.
Upcoming Films

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There are some amazing documentaries out there about photographers shooting every specialty from fashion to war. This is a chance to get together with other local photographers, watch a great movie and have a lively discussion. We have a nice new HD projector, solid sound and the studio setting is ideal for watching movies about pictures!

We’ll have an open discussion about the film, the photographer and his/her work. This is about fun and community.

Check the tabs for upcoming movie selections. We have a long list of titles we plan to show but if you know of one you’d like us to include please let us know through the Contact page.

  • Cost of movie is $8.
  • Movie Nights are held from 6:30-9pm at DCP.
  • Doors open at 6:30pm and the movie starts at 7pm followed by discussion.

3/7/19 – In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter

In No Great Hurry is a fascinating documentary on one of the 20th century’s most beloved street photographers, Saul Leiter (1923–2013). Leiter—a contemporary of Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon—could have been celebrated as the great pioneer of color photography decades ago (his fashion work was published in Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire), but he was never driven by the lure of conventional success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of gorgeous work piled high in his New York City apartment.

Intimate and beautifully rendered, In No Great Hurry follows Leiter as he deals with the triple burden of clearing a houseful of memories, becoming world-famous in his eighties, and fending off a pesky filmmaker. (Zeitgeist)

“The [documentary] is a cinematic hangout with a playfully prickly but very sympathetic subject, affording us a chance to sit at his feet while sampling a body of work that impresses on many levels.” — The Hollywood Reporter

“A tender profile of a quiet and quirky individual…. Among the very best of the New York School street photographers, and a leading exponent in the artistic use of color film.” –The New York Times

3/22/17 – A Single Frame

While on a trip to Dubrovnik in 2007, Jeff Bowden encounters a photograph of a refugee boy taken during the war in Kosovo. Driven by this haunting image, Bowden sets out to find the child. His journey takes him from Texas to Paris, and ultimately to the post-war culture of the Balkans, where he combines forces with an experienced war-time fixer.

Weaving together the stories of the war, the now-deceased photojournalist, Alexandra Boulat, and the search for the boy, A Single Frame is a testament to the power of photography and to the belief that every life matters.



9/14/16 – The Salt of the Earth

Sebastiao Salgado is one of the most talented and widely-respected photojournalists. His work documents the lives of people the world over, often in dire circumstances. His photographs are at once beautiful, chilling, honest

and most importantly, necessary. Without photographers like Salgado, we would know little of the life, suffering, beauty and strength of his subjects.

“I don’t believe a person has a style. What people have is a way of photographing what is inside them. What is there comes out. Photography is not objective. It is deeply subjective – my photography is consistent ideologically and ethically with the person I am.” – Sebastião Salgado

Wang-From Darkroom to Daylight-dallas-center-for-photography10/1/15 – From Darkroom to Daylight

Director Harvey Wang explores how the dramatic shift from film to digital has affected photographers and their work. Wang began taking pictures as a teenager. He was mid-career when the tools of his craft were made nearly obsolete with the transition to digital, sending him on an exploration of how others navigated the change. Wang interviewed more than 40 important photographers and prominent figures in the field, including Jerome Liebling, George Tice, David Goldblatt, Sally Mann, and Eugene Richards, as well as innovators Steven Sasson, who built the first digital camera while at Kodak, and Thomas Knoll, who along with his brother created Photoshop.

finding-vivian-maier-dallas-center-for-photography9/1/15 – Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof. (IFC)


War-Photographer-poster-Dallas-Center-for-Photography1/26/15 – War Photographer

For over 20 years, photojournalist James Nachtwey has been visiting war-torn countries such as Kosovo and Rwanda, capturing the destruction on film. While merely an observer, he still feels the immediate effects of the ravaged lands. The stark images are contrasted by Nachtwey’s calm reserve as he fends off accusations of exploiting tragedy. Director Christian Frei attaches a small video camera to Nachtwey’s still camera for a bird’s-eye view of destruction, pain, and ultimately, hope.





Annie-Leibovitz-Life-Through-a-Lens-Dallas-Center-for-Photography1/6/15 – Life Through A Lens

This film traces the artistic self-realization of Annie Leibovitz, from childhood through the death of her beloved friend, Susan Sontag, and includes snippets of Leibovitz’s last visual memories of Sontag. The film traces the arc of her photographic life, her aspirations to artistry, and the trajectory of her career through phases that included the tumultuous sixties in Berkeley, CA., touring with the Rolling Stones, a mentorship by Hunter S. Thompson, and, later, capturing the last candid moments of John Lennon’s life with Yoko Ono. It closes with her reflections on life, children, and the the wake of her relationship with Sontag. The archival material presented here is invaluable for framing an understanding of this immeasurably influential visual artist.