There are two things that immediately come to mind when we speak of the late great American photographer Garry Winogrand. First, the “snapshot aesthetic,” a label that had been stuck to his work (and one that he apparently rejected). And second, the body of work that was left behind after his sudden death in 1984 which included 35,000 prints, 6,600 rolls of film, 45,000 color transparencies, and about 22,000 contact sheets.
Of course, there’s more to Winogrand than these. And this month, we’ll finally be able to get to know the man behind some of America’s most iconic street photographs even more as Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable makes its way to the big screen in select cities in the US on September 19.
Directed by Sasha Waters Freyer, it’s the first documentary film to tackle Winogrand’s life and work.
Here’s the movie’s short synopsis:
‘Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable’ is the first documentary film on the life and work of photographer Garry Winogrand – the epic storyteller in pictures of America across three turbulent decades of the 20th century. Celebrated in his lifetime and quickly forgotten after his death, Garry Winogrand is nonetheless your visionary ancestor – even if you have never published an image in a magazine or hung a print on the wall of a museum. His “snapshot aesthetic,” once derided by the critics, is the universal language of contemporary image making.
Based on the trailer alone, this Winogrand film looks promising. What’s more, it is said to be endorsed by Winogrand’s gallery and estate – Winogrand’s own son Ethan even provided its original jazz score – so you can be sure that it would be something good.
According to a press release, Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable will feature not just hundreds of the man’s iconic street photographs of New York but also his 8mm color home movies of his parents, wives, and children as well as newly discovered audio cassette tapes which recorded the photographer’s personal conversations with an old friend on topics ranging from family and relationships to the meaning and making of art.
It’s always exciting to hear about films putting the spotlight on the life and work of a photographer, who’s always behind the lens and is elusive, and Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable certainly is no exception. For more information about the movie and screening dates and locations, do visit the movie’s official website.