If you’re a sap for heartfelt drama films then emerging Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter Stella Meghie should definitely be on your radar. She debuted with the fine ‘Jean of the Joneses’ in 2016 and followed it up with the commercial triumph of ‘Everything, Everything’ in 2017 and “The Weekend in 2018. After spending the next year and a half working on various TV projects including HBO’s ‘Insecure’ and ‘First Wives Club’, Meghie turned her attention to her next project – a romantic drama film titled ‘The Photograph’ both written and directed by Meghie.
If you were wondering where was ‘The Photograph’ filmed, read on to find out everything we know.
The Photograph Filming Locations
The majority of the story of ‘The Photograph’ takes place in New York City, which is also where filming for the movie took place on location across various venues in the city. Principal photography began in March of 2019 and wrapped in late April next month.
Besides New York City, another location briefly visited in ‘The Photograph is the city of New Orleans in Louisiana, where Isaac Jefferson lives as a fisherman in the movie.
‘The Photograph’ director Stella Meghie posted this picture at the start of the filming:
New York City, New York
Although it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, ‘The Photograph’ was likely filmed both on set and on location across a variety of venues across New York City. One prominent location is the Queens Museum in Queens, New York. Queens Museum is a renowned art museum with a massive permanent collection of over ten thousand different documents, artworks and artifacts including works by the pre-eminent surrealist painter Salvador Dali.
The Big Apple – New York City requires no introduction, of course, having featured prominently in movies and TV shows all over the world since the dawn of modern cinema. It is the site for the filming of some of the most influential movies of all time including ‘Joker’, ‘The Age of Innocence’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Saturday Night Fever’, and many more.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Filming for certain scenes relating to Christina’s romantic history also took place in the sensory treat that is the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Besides being a veritable economic and commercial hub in the United States, New Orleans is also famed for its distinct musical style, Creole cuisine, unique dialect, and its numerous annual festivals including the historic Mardi Gras carnival. Many consider it to be the most unusual city in all of the United States owing to its rich cross cultural and multilingual heritage.
Lead actress of ‘The Photograph’ Issa Rae posted this video at the end of the filming:
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Just wrapped the amazingly talented @stellameghie's #ThePhotograph! Love to all the wonderful crew & to @willpowerpacker & @iamjamesflopez for having me. Extra love to my brilliant co-star @lakeithstanfield3. And triple extra love to my glam squad @delinamedhin & @lovingyourhair (Felicia held me down on back-to-back movies and a press tour ❤).
The Photograph Cast, Crew and Plot
The primary cast of ‘The Photograph’ consists of writer and actress Issa Rae as Mae Morton, rapper and actor Lakeith Stanfield as Michael Block, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ actress Chelsea Peretti as Sara Rodgers, Chante Adams as Christina Eames, ‘Insecure’ actor Y’lan Noel as Issac Jefferson, and ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ actor Courtney B. Vance as Louis Morton.
The story line of ‘The Photograph’ follows Mae Morton, who is still dealing with the very recent and very sudden death of her mother Christina Eames. Mae and Christina weren’t on the best of terms, but Mae is left hurt and confused by her mother’s demise, even more so when she finds a stack of old photographs and a puzzling letter left to her by Christina. Mae sets about uncovering the truth behind her mother’s past, particularly about her love life when she runs into an up and coming young journalist named Michael Block in one of those cute romantic movie happenstances. As the two fall in love, ‘The Photograph’ juxtaposes their growing love with flashbacks of Christina’s romantic tryst with a New Orleans fisherman named Isaac Jefferson.