There’s an art and process to capturing iconic and marketable images from films. Director Jane Campion and her unit stills photographer Kirsty Griffin — along with David Lowery, Eric Zachanowich, Joachim Trier, and Christian Belgaux — talk about behind-the-scenes photography during the filming of The Power of the Dog.

There’s just something about the eye of a photographer, their relationship with an actor, their ability to read the room, and their understanding of what works on a billboard or a magazine cover. The industry is also full of post-production stories about unit photographers delivering graded stills, only for that grade to inform the color grade of the film itself. It is a deeply symbiotic relationship.

Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Cheri has been an editor at Longreads since 2014. She's currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.