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Garry Winogrand Documentary Casts New Light on Mid-Century Street Photographer

The first documentary on the photographer, “Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable,” airs on PBS’ “Great Performances” on April 4.

Garry Winogrand
Garry Winogrand

by Pat Saperstein

It’s an amazing time for documentaries — in fact, there are so many looks into fascinating lives and subjects out there right now that it’s hard to keep track of them all. The brilliant, complicated life and legacy shown in “Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable,” which premiered at SXSW last year, is as compelling as many of the other lauded docus of the past year. But if it slipped under the radar amongst the riches, there’s another chance to catch it when it airs on PBS’ “American Masters” on April 19.

Over three decades of street photography, Winogrand confronted some of the most central themes of mid-century America, from sexism to fame to race and poverty. Though he became one of the last century’s most important visual artists, the photographer died at 56 leaving thousands of negatives unseen — a mystery that underpins the first documentary made about him.

Starting out as a magazine photographer for 1950s pictorials, he moved into more artistic work in the 1960s, a contemporary of Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander. His mostly New York-set images from the 1960s are indelible portraits of an optimistic but gritty America and its people. Some feel his work suffered after moving to Texas and Los Angeles, where he often shot with his young daughter in tow and from a car window after an injury. But Winogrand’s passion for disappearing into his work through the act of making images turned unmanageable when thousands of rolls of undeveloped film began piling up in his later years.

Read the full story HERE >>> Source: Variety Garry Winogrand Documentary Casts New Light on Mid-Century Street Photographer

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