Netflix photography documentaries you must watch!

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Netflix has become one of the best known and most consumed streaming platforms in the world. And it is that among its wide catalog of films and series you can also find a large number of documentaries on many subjects. We want to comment on this other part of Netflix in today’s post, specifically, we will talk about the photography documentaries that you should see on Netflix.

If you have Netflix, you like documentaries and you are passionate about photography, this is your article, so keep reading!

These are the best Netflix photography documentaries

Next, we will show you the best Netflix photography documentaries:

Tales By Light

The first documentary that we want to recommend is the one titled Tales By Light. This one already has 2 seasons and each one of them consists of 6 episodes of approximately 20 minutes. In each of these episodes, the viewer will be able to accompany famous photographers on their trips to the most unknown and remote places to search for the most impressive images.

Through these stories, you will not only be able to discover new places but also, you will be able to learn about what technique to use and how certain landscapes should be photographed through great photographers.

Trailer Tales By Light

Finding Vivian Maier

This has become an essential documentary about photography and for this reason, it was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary.

Finding Vivian Maier tells the story of an auction where John Maloof bought an archive of previously unpublished photographs. The archive belonged to Vivian Maier, a hitherto anonymous photographer who had captured life on the streets of Chicago and New York from the 1950s to the 1990s. Thanks to the more than 100,000 photographs Maier captured, she became an icon of street photography.

Trailer Finding Vivian Maier


Hondros is the next documentary that we want to include in this short list. It is directed by Greg Campbell and narrates the life and photographic career of the famous war photographer Chris Hondros, who was assassinated in Libya in 2011.

In this way, this documentary became a tribute to the photographer where his best friend reveals to viewers the stories and curiosities hidden in each of his photographs.

Trailer Hondros


B-Sides by Elsa Dorfman is another of the documentaries that you cannot miss since it shows the life, work and study of Elsa Dorfman, who is a well-known photographer known for her images captured with a Polaroid.

A large number of ordinary people and personalities passed through his study. These include literary figures from the Beat generation and artists from the 60s and 70s.

B-Sides trailer

Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock

Finally, we want to recommend the documentary titled Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock. It is a documentary that deals with British photographer Mick Rock who became one of the most important who have been able to photograph the great world of rock. Through this documentary, the viewers will be able to immerse themselves in the glam of London, the punk of New York, and go through the history of great artists such as David Bowie, Queen, The Sex Pistols…

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This great documentary is from Yann Arthus-Bertrand, one of the best-known photographers, film directors and environmental activists. Through this documentary, he intends to mobilize society so that it becomes aware of the planet we live on, that it has limited resources.

For this, Yann offers a great visual experience where he shows the great diversity of life that exists on the planet and how our relationship with it is.

The Salt of the Earth

This documentary allows the viewer to accompany the well-known Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, who takes a tour of his entire career and of the most incredible places in the world.

With more than 40 years of experience, Salgado shows his best photos of his great works such as Trabajadores, Exodos or Génesis. Through this sample, the viewer will be able to understand what makes the photographer take those photos.

Amazing photographic related movies on Netflix you shouldn't miss!

After commenting on the documentaries, we want to comment on the best films related to photography that you can find on Netflix.

The photographer of Mauthausen

The first one we want to comment on is the film of The Photographer of Mauthausen since this film about photography is based on real events. Specifically, it tells the story of Francisco Boix, a Spanish Republican fighter and photographer who was interned in the Mauthausen concentration camp during World War II.

Under an Arctic Sky

This film follows the adventure of six surfers who, together with adventure photographer Chris Burkard and filmmaker Ben Welland, enjoy the wonderful landscapes of Iceland’s fjords and their waves.

Thanks to his adventures, this film has become a great visual spectacle with adventure stills, northern lights, and many waves.

Famous documentary photographers you must follow

David Bailey

David Baile or better known as @baile_studio is one of the most influential photographers and fundamentally of the second half of the 20th century. He has written numerous books, documentaries and exhibitions since he has been one of the photographers who has best known how to portray the social and visual changes in photography and fashion during the sixties.

Steve McCurry

The next photographer we want to recommend is Steve McCurry. This one, known worldwide since he is the author of the photograph The Afghan Girl which appeared in the National Geographic magazine in 1985. As a result, he has become a great icon in the history of photography.


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