Five photographers share the films that influenced them most.
David Lynch inspires me because he is so completely in charge of his vision. He presents a surface so unsettlingly surreal you are haunted by the prospect of the more disturbing substance that must lie just beneath. Lynch then makes us the frightened and titillated voyeur as he reveals that substance to be more fantastically evil than we could have imagined. [Buy]
Do the Right Thing
This film is so of the place and moment that it manages to freeze time. It vibrates with a color, energy and ambiguity that make it as vital and powerful today as the first time I saw it in 1989 as a wide-eyed suburban teenager with massive bangs. [Buy]
Steven Spielberg gives us only a tanker truck, a desert road and Dennis Weaver in a Plymouth Valiant and manages to create 74 minutes of pure tension and terror. A very important lesson in less-is-more. [Buy]
Ulrich Seidl's take on the humor and disquieting unease of suburban life was like catnip for my eyes. The slow boil narrative ambles with a constant threat of something bigger, but never gives into our need for the spectacular. This movie showed me that intense and perverse beauty exists in the mundane. [Buy]
Fast, Cheap and Out of Control
Errol Morris' documentary excites by challenging the conventions of documentary filmmaking. The mixing of images and narration unites four seemingly disparate stories in common themes of dominance, dominion and self-determination. His atypical approach to storytelling has had a profound impact on my work. [Buy]