Browsing through the New York Times the other day, I stumbled upon a piece that I did not even know existed: a blog by Errol Morris, one of the more compelling documentary filmmakers working today.
Early in his career, Morris made the documentary Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control about four people who do strange but interesting work like creating topiaries and studying naked mole rats. Later, he made The Fog of War in which Robert McNamara shared at length on his experience as Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War. Most recently, he made Standard Operating Procedure which considers the photographs that were created at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
In all of his work, Morris creates unique and evocative images. He even invented a special camera for interviewing people that create the effect of his subjects speaking directly to the audience. Watching his films is different from watching anyone elses.
In his bloghe returns to the explicit subject of photography and interviews three White House photographers about the most compelling images of George Bush from the past eight years. There were images that I had never seen, and it was enlightening to read Morris discuss the meaning of these images with photographers who were there.