Cameraperson: Self-Portrait from Cinematographer Kristen Johnson

Janus Films presents Cameraperson, directed by the award-winning cinematographer and director Kirsten Johnson whose list of credits includes the recent Oscar winners, Citizenfour and Fahrenheit 9/11.


An illuminating self-portrait, Cameraperson offers an insightful chronicle of a significant issue that has not been much explored in other docus: the creative process itself, the behind-the-scene context of image-making.

Lauded as a breakout director at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Johnson’s singular filmmaking document played to critical acclaim, moving audiences to recognize her film as an original documentary experience.

Following its premiere at Sundance, the film has screened at numerous festivals, won multiple awards, and premiered in New York as the closing night film at New Directors/New Films.

The feature opens in New York on September 9 at the IFC Center, and will open in LA on September 23 at the Laemmle Royal.

Over the course of her career, she has covered a diverse range of topics: boxing match in Brooklyn, postwar life in Bosnia, the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife, an intimate family moment at home.

These scenes and many others weave into Camerperson footage from documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson’s 25-year career.

Johnson explores, through a series of episodic juxtapositions, the relationships between image-makers and their subjects, objectivity and intervention, and truth and storytelling.

A hybrid work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraerson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.

A remarkable docu about the subjective and mysterious power of the camera, Cameraperson shed lights on the very essence of the creative process.

The best compliment I can pay Cameraperson is to say that it’s truly original and cannot be compared to any other work in a genre—non-fiction cinema– that has grown exponentially over the past decade or so.