Street Photography Documentaries

44 FREE Street Photography Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now

There’s a lot of Street Photography documentaries out there, and the good news is, many are available for watching right now in streaming. I’ve gone ahead and compiled all of the documentaries I could find and put them below. Enjoy!

Street Photography Documentaries

Here’s the videos below, simply click to play. If the videos are part of a series, I’ve added them there. If the photographer has more than one, I’ve put them under their own headings.

Vision and images

This is a stellar series with live interviews with the photographers themselves.

Harry Callahan

Cornell Cappa & Burke Uzzle

Elliott Erwitt

Horst P. Horst

Joel Meyerowitz

Duane Michals

Barbara Morgan

Arnold Newman

Frederic Sommers

Garry Winnogrand

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John Berger “Ways of Seeing”

An outstanding series on seeing, talks about photography and art, by the BBC. Thanks John Wester for the tip!

BBC Masters of Photography Series

This is an old series by the BBC in 1983 that features interview with then contemporary photographers. Most of them were still alive back then, and contains the photographers themselves or relatives talking about them.

Diane Arbus

Andre Kertesz

Alfred Stieglitz

Ansel Adams

Bill Brandt

Andreas Feininger

Jacques Henri Lartigue

PBS American Masters

A series focused on notable american artists, and that of course includes some photographers. They were on Youtube but taken down, you can still watch them online on PBS’s website. Only one is available to stream below.

Richard Avedon

BBC The adventure of Photography

By far, the best documentary on photography. It goes trough a sweeping history and impact of images.

History of Photography

These are documentaries that are photography history related

Photographic History (BBC) 1

Photographic History (BBC) 2

Photographic History (BBC) 3

Lomo photography history

The first digital camera

Art movements trough Photography

Seeing in black and white

Ansel Adams

Henri Cartier Bresson

Joel Meyerowitz

Individual Photographers

William Eggleston

Garry Winnogrand

Sam Abell

Daido Moriama

Martin Parr

Annie Leibovitz

William Klein

Paul Strand

Saul Leiter


Street Photography Course

While these documentaries offer insights and information about the photographers and their work, they do not offer a step-by-step framework to do street photography. If you want a method that makes outstanding street photography, check out the Photactic Street Photography Course.

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9 thoughts on “44 FREE Street Photography Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now”

  1. Thanks for these Olivier
    I’ve been building a collection as well, over here:
    Unfortunately, the take down police have been at it and I can’t seem to remove deleted videos from some of the playlists. Feel free to share.
    Of particular interest are the John Berger videos and and the Eileen Rafferty videos in the Composition & Theory Playlist

  2. If you already have an Amazon Prime account they currently have the documentary “The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith”. A fascinating look at the photographer and the jazz musicians that hung-out at his apartment.
    From IMDB:
    “Art, obsession and anxiety permeate a dilapidated Manhattan loft building in Mid-century: The first movie to use photographer W. Eugene Smith’s massive, fly-on-the-wall archive of photos and audio tapes documenting the likes of jazz greats Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims, Jimmy Giuffre, Hall Overton and others at work and play in the Sixth Avenue wreck that was Smith’s home and studio from 1957 through the ’60s.”

    1. I think I’ve seen it, but a long time ago. Might do so again thanks to you. I might do another list with street photography documentaries like this that are available on Prime, Netflix and others.

  3. Thanks for posting…not sure I would be interested in these but once I started watching, I loved them…this quarantine is sucking real bad here in Florida….but I appreciate your efforts to help….warm regards.

  4. Thank-you for the interview with Andre Kertesz in the BBC series, which I’ve just watched. I’ve admired his photographs for many years, but never knew what a charming man he was. I did love what he had to say about photography in this interview.

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