Podcast Episode 34: Johnny Depp Stars as Photographer W. Eugene Smith in ‘Minamata’

Podcast Episode 34: Johnny Depp Stars as Photographer W. Eugene Smith in ‘Minamata’

New movie (opens in February 2021) tells the story of W. Eugene Smith, who documented poisoning victims in a polluted Japanese city

There’s a new movie starring Johnny Depp as photographer W. Eugene Smith. Minamata (scheduled for release in Feb., 2021), takes a look at the outbreak of widespread mercury poisoning that occurred as a result of corporate pollution in Minamata, Japan.

Listen to my podcast episode about W. Eugene Smith with a discussion of his Minamata work

Episode 34 of the Fine Art Photography Podcast

Watch the official trailer for the Johnny Depp movie “Minamata”

Depp is a controversial figure and has recently been removed from other movie projects, but his performance is getting good early reviews. Like Smith, Depp is a complex person with his share of demons.

Another movie I highly recommend: The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith

I cannot recommend this documentary highly enough. It tells the story of W. Eugene Smith and his time in a ramshackle NYC loft, where he began photographing and recording the impromptu jazz jam sessions in an adjacent apartment. This movie is very good.

Here’s the official movie page, with a trailer.

The movie is currently available free with a subscription on Amazon Prime here.

W. Eugene Smith’s book about the Minamata crisis

Minamata: The Story of the Poisoning of a City, and of the People Who Chose to Carry the Burden of Courage. 1975, W. Eugene Smith and Aileen M. Smith

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