POV: Cameraperson

About This Episode


The accessibility of smartphones has turned everyone into a cameraperson. To make one's career as a professional cinematographer, however, requires a fearless point of view and a willingness to immerse oneself in often uncomfortable and perilous situations. That is what Kirsten Johnson has done for 25 years, and Cameraperson gives viewers an intimate and meditative look at her work.

Described by Johnson in the opening scene as "my memoir," the film is culled from footage she has shot over decades around the world. Rather than offering a straightforward narrative, Cameraperson invites us behind the lens into this cameraperson's world, where we witness a captivating collage of episodic images and stories connected thematically, texturally, sonically and emotionally. The film vividly combines documentary, autobiography and ethical inquiry.