“An unusually rich art-doc with an old-New York twang. Delivers the sensation of seeing a story unfold dramatically onscreen. Fascinating. Speaks to the most sophisticated students of fine-art photography without alienating casual buffs.”
– John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
Winogrand reveled in the drama of the street itself, requiring no ostensible “event” for his subject. His frames are filled with twitchy, restless motion and agitated faces; seen together his images represent an authentic and original response to an evolving age of anxiety.
Winogrand was a compulsive street photographer (although he hated that term), working for decades in NYC, then in Texas and California, to create a huge body of work (hundreds of thousands of images taken with his 35mm Leica) that comprise an encyclopedic portrait of America. During his lifetime he was celebrated (as a favorite of MoMA curator John Szarkowski) and reviled (especially for his book,Women Are Beautiful) and then more-or-less forgotten after his untimely death at age 56. Writes Jennifer Szalai in The New York Times: “(Winogrand) captured the fallout from the midcentury American moment – those few decades from the 1950s on, when placid, middle-class prosperity started to give way to something less affluent, more fragmented and harder to define.”
Winogrand’s photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and numerous other museums. His career was examined in a monumental survey at the Museum of Modern Art in 1988, and in several other exhibitions since then.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Born in Brooklyn in 1968, Sasha Waters Freyer makes non-fiction films about outsiders, misfits and everyday radicals. Trained in photography and the documentary tradition, she fuses original and found footage in 16mm film and digital media. Most recently, she has crafted lyrical explorations of motherhood, documentaries on the New York of her youth, and essay films on the cultural and political legacies of the late 20th century. Her newest work is a feature documentary on American photographer Garry Winogrand; from 2015-2017, she hosted a mobile art exhibition project at BustGallery.com.
In 2016, Sasha was honored to receive the Helen Hill Award from the Orphan Film Symposium. Her past projects have screened at the Telluride Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Rotterdam, Tribeca, Big Sky, Havana, Videoex, and Ann Arbor Film Festivals; IMAGES in Toronto, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, Union Docs, the Pacific Film Archive, L.A. Film Forum, and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, as well as the Sundance Channel and international cable and public television.
Sasha’s films have been reviewed in ArtForum, The New Yorker, Variety, IndieWIRE and Mother Jones; her writing has appeared in Millennium Film Journal, Teachers & Writers Magazine, Ethnos and the Quarterly Review of
Film & Video. She has received grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the NEA (2007, 2015), the Graham Foundation, Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. She is the Chair of the Department of Photography & Film at VCU, the number one public art school in the United States.
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GARRY WINOGRAND: ALL THINGS ARE PHOTOGRAPHABLE
Wednesday, September 19 – Tuesday, October 2
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