Cameraperson – Feb 2, 7pm
Directed by: Kirsten Johnson. 102min
Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world.
What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.
What does it mean to film another person? How does it affect that person – and what does it do to the one who films?
A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. 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 and crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.