Working Poor influences

When you go to film festivals or you talk to people about making movies one of the questions they ask is something along the lines of  “Who’s work do you like?” or “What were your influences?” I usually remember to mention a name or two of someone but then I realize that I missed a thousand other people I really like. I started writing them down and before I knew it I had this list. I would definitely check out the work of these people. They certainly charge my batteries and the spirit of their work influenced this short film I finished last year called, “Working Poor.” They’re kind of in order of when they worked:

Eugène Atget – photographer (1857-1927)

The Ashcan school

Dorothea Lange – photographer (1895-1965)

Walker Evans – photographer (1903-1975)

John Ford – The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Robert Capa – photographer (1913-1954)

Roberto Rossellini – Open City (1945)

Alexandre Astruc – The Birth Of The New Avant-Garde (1948)

Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin – The Little Fugitive (1953)

Allen Ginsberg – Howl (1956)

Allen Ginsberg – America (1956)

Lionel Rogosin – On The Bowery (1956)

Robert Frank – The Americans (1958)

Bruce Davidson – photographer (1933-present)

Karel Reisz – We Are The Lambeth Boys (1958)

Denis Mitchell and Roy Harris – Morning In The Streets (BBC 1959)

John Cassavetes  – Shadows (1959)

Jean-Luc Godard – Vivre La Vie (1962)

Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963)

Andy Warhol – Chelsea Girls (1966)

Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska (1982)

Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs (2008)

Pete Souza – Chief Official White House photographer (2009-2017)


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