To kick off the film portion of Thin Line 2018, we begin with “Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable” This documentary follows the life and career of Garry Winogrand, a well-known street photographer. The film screened for the first time a month ago at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas and has now made its way to Denton for its North Texas premiere.
The great thing about this film is not only photography nerds love it, non-photographers will too. “Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable” immerses you in the life of a dedicated artist while showing you countless images he captured over his lifetime. The film is narrated by multiple people who were close to Winogrand, including friends, colleagues and ex-wives.
Still from Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable
New York, 1968: Laughing woman with ice cream
The film allows a peek into a mysterious artist's life. Winogrand didn’t leave behind much writings or thoughts of his work — a strange idea in today’s world. But he did leave behind countless undeveloped and unedited film. More than 2,500 rolls of undeveloped film and even more rolls of unedited film, Winogrand's work leaves you curiously wanting an explanation. Why take all these photographs and never develop or look at them?
With the good comes the bad, and this documentary covers both. It celebrates the thought-provoking pieces of work Winogrand produced and criticized some of his more controversial and disfavored pieces. But though the film isn’t all positive, it still leaves an inspiring message.
Winogrand never stops evolving. Through the trials and failed projects and broken marriages, he is always working on himself. He goes from being an art student to taking a photography class and becoming a photojournalist. Then he did advertising photography. Then he freelanced. He became a teacher, a dad, a husband. He never stopped evolving. In his own words “you become an artist despite, not because.”
You may see some familiar sights in the film: Winogrand traveled through Texas and even lived here for a short time, teaching in Austin. In fact, a good way to prepare yourself for the film would be to step into his shoes. Head over to the Square and try your hand at street photography, a genre of film Winogrand loved and dedicated himself to. To be cliché: look at the world passing by you through a different lens.
While Winogrand himself is a little rough around the edges, the documentary about him is a great way to kick off this year’s Thin Line Fest. It’s inspiring, human and shows you how one person can make an impact.
Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable runs 91 minutes and will be shown Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre and Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. at Movie Tavern as part of Thin Line Film Festival. To register for Thin Line Fest or to purchase a premium registration, click here.