Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable
MAD | Music/Art/Design
The quintessential New York street photographer, who raised his métier to the level of art, Garry Winogrand gets the biographical treatment he deserves in Sasha Waters Freyer’s compelling and intelligent documentary. Winogrand shot over a million photos in his career (many on display here) and occasionally suffered critical disdain, but he was the quintessential chronicler of his time and place. Waters Freyer intersperses interviews with Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner, writer Geoff Dyer, artist Laurie Simmons and others—all of whom have cogent and insightful things to say about Winogrand’s art and life—with archival audio of Winogrand’s lectures and considerations of such exhibition landmarks as MOMA curator John Szarkowski’s legendary 1967 "New Documents" show, which brought Winogrand, Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander to wider attention. Winogrand’s personal life—his failed marriages; his later years in Texas and California when he was still shooting as much as ever but was unable to pay for the processing; his early death—is also integrated into this treatment of an artist who captured the essence of post WWII American life.
"One of the rare art-world bio-docs that delivers the sensation of seeing a story unfold dramatically onscreen… Alert not just to shifts in the critical zeitgeist but to accompanying changes in social mores, this fascinating film speaks to the most sophisticated students of fine-art photography without alienating casual buffs."—John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter