I attended the Frame by Frame screening for thee reasons.
1.) It was a sponsored honors event.
2.) I was covering the event for the Globe.
3.) I was required to be there for my Photography 205 class (which is the reason why I am formulating this post).
However, after leaving the screening, I'm convinced that it was orchestrated by the photojournalism gods for me to be there.
To say I was inspired, or even compelled, is an understatement. I left the screening in tears.
To give a brief overview of the film, its purpose was to express the brutal reality of the fight for free press in Afghanistan, after decades living in war and under an oppressive Taliban regime. The documentary followed four prevalent photojournalists who were, in essence, reframing Afghanistan for the world.
The film was visually stunning -- bursting with character and color. The scenery was prepossessing. The score was impeccable. But it was the four photojournalists that made the film so simultaneously poignant and blithe. The four individuals that let their lives be documented and followed are the reason why this film works. It's what makes the documentary so sharp and so soulful.
What I took away from this film from a photographic and artistic standpoint was that photos will always be important. I can't even imagine having your country's, or even your own, history erased because of the lack of free press. These photographers were all kind of stretching their necks out into the world, kind of peeking from behind this scary curtain of sorts, (some very boldly) to try to archive life, and therefore, history. I admire all of them.
"A photographer should be curious from morning to evening."
I wrote this down during the film. I can't even remember which one of the photojournalists said it, (fantastic journalism on my part -- hashtag attribution, am I right?) but I thought it was beautiful. It pushes the idea of the importance of artists seeing experience through new lenses, every single day.