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Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) Documentary
Decades before digital technology transformed how we make and see pictures, Garry Winogrand made over 1 million of them with his 35mm Leica camera, creating an encyclopedic portrait of America from the late 1950s to the early 1980s in the process. When he died suddenly at age 56, Winogrand left behind more than 10,000 rolls of film – more than a quarter of a million pictures. These images capture a bygone era: the New York of Mad Men, the early years of the Women’s Movement, the birth of American suburbs and the glamour and alienation of Hollywood. He produced so many unseen images that it has taken until now for the full measure of his artistic legacy to emerge. With unprecedented access to Winogrand’s estate and the cooperation of his gallery, the film tells the story of an artist whose rise and fall was – like America’s in the late decades of the 20th century – larger-than-life, full of contradictions and totally unresolved.
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This film recalls the impulse to document and catalogue experience in the photographs of Laurel Nakadate. Her series, 365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears (2011). In 2020, Nakadate began a year-long performance in which she cried once every day and documented this performance in photographs. What are the everyday things you might want to photograph and remember?
Image credit: Laurel Nakadate. 365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears, 2011: March January 16, 2010. C-print
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