a group of men, one pointing a gun, a movie still from the film Good Fellas.

Viewfinder: The Art and Craft of the Film Still

a group of men, one pointing a gun, a movie still from the film Good Fellas.
Good Fellas, New York City, 1989, Barry Wetcher, Warner Bros

Featuring: Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers: International Membership

Presented by

Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers

 

Curated by

Nicola Goode, Merie Wallace, and Exhibition Committee

Still photographers have been on set since the nascent days of cinema. The set photographer has the job of capturing the film making process behind the scenes, and the images are also used for publicity, so the film will be recognizable by the time it’s on the screen.

Many of the intimate moments that inform our collective and cultural cinematic imagination were shot by unit still photographers on set. Beyond the typical press kit of fifty shots used to market a project, there exists a trove of long unseen images, archived and preserved so we may present you with some of the work as seen by the dedicated eyes of these photographic artists.

The SMPSP presents a curated exhibition of both historic and current film production stills.

ORGANIZATION BIO

The Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers is made up of still photographers shooting on the sets of motion picture productions around the world. Members have been documenting the film industry for nearly half a century, and our work represents a diverse cross section of photographic imagery, from classic cinema to contemporary streaming platforms.

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