The world’s greatest photographers reveal the secrets behind their images in this collection of short personal films. The Contacts films juxtapose images (contact prints, proofs, prints, or slides) with commentary from the artists themselves to uncover the artistic processes of the greatest contemporary photographers from an original perspective [source]
I got all three discs, and I’m more than halfway through the first DVD with this list:
William Klein, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Raymond Depardon, Mario Giacomelli, Josef Koudelka, Robert Doisneau, Edouard Boubat, Elliot Erwitt, Marc Riboud, Leonard Freed, Helmut Newton, and Don McCullin.
Of course, the name Henri Cartier-Bresson rocketed to my senses much more strongly than anything else printed on the DVD cover. If you haven’t seen his work, do a web search on it, there’s a lot of it available online.
So far? The first few segments -each photographer has about 15 minutes to discuss their contact prints/sheets- reeked of “a photographer must never show his contact sheets!“, and other photography-as-art (or non-art, in Cartier-Bresson’s case). Thankfully, midway, I got what I simply wanted: photographers discussing how they decided to pick this-and-that photograph, what kind of predicament they were in when they were shooting, and even some barely-funny anecdotes. THAT -as a passionate photography freak- was enough.
PS: In case you think all photography junkies like Henri Cartier-Bresson, read this forum thread. Also, these Lomographers might rejoice in him claiming that you really don’t have to think when shooting. The second he said that -it was on his DVD segment- his image-as-legend just fell off a deep, deep well.