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'All Things Are Photographable': A Revealing Portrait of Photographer Garry Winogrand

Get ready for a revealing documentary portrait of the life and work of turbulent acclaimed photographer Garry Winogrand.

All Things Are Photographable will tell the story of the epic storyteller through pictures across three decades of the 20th century. It premieres Friday, April 19 on PBS.

Courtesy of Eileen Hale Winogrand / The Estate of Garry Winogrand, via the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Decades before digital technology transformed how we make and see pictures, Garry Winogrand made over one million of them with his 35mm Leica camera, creating an encyclopedic portrait of America from the late 1950s to the early 1980s. 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.

Courtesy of Eileen Hale Winogrand / The Estate of Garry Winogrand, via the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

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.

Courtesy of Eileen Hale Winogrand / The Estate of Garry Winogrand, via the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

American MastersGarry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable is the first cinematic survey of that legacy. 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.


In addition to hundreds of iconic photographs, filmmaker Sasha Waters Freyer makes ample use of Winogrand’s previously unseen 8mm color home movies of his parents, three wives and children, plus the wealth of footage created as he roamed city streets and attended 1960s protests. Through his own words and images, the documentary presents an intimate portrait of a man who both personified his era and transformed it.

Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable, Premiere, Friday, April 19, 9/8c, PBS (Check local listings)

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