PURE NONFICTION Ep. 24: Kirsten Johnson on Cameraperson
A memoir of her past 25 years shooting documentaries
Laura Poitras and Michael Moore are only two of many filmmakers who have turned to the skills of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Now Johnson has directed her own film Cameraperson. It’s a kind of memoir of her past 25 years shooting documentaries. “It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before,” wrote A.O. Scott in his New York Times review. Cameraperson has been named to the DOC NYC Short List of the year’s most impressive documentaries. In this conversation with Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers, Johnson speaks candidly about her experiences working with Poitras, Moore and other directors and the moral quandaries stirred up by her work.