CRACKING THE FRAME PRESENTSTuesday 4 December
All Things are Photographable
Sasha Waters Freyer, USA 2018
VERA Zienema’s new collaboration partner Cracking the Frame, brings an refreshing program dedicated to exploring the shifting domains of documentary cinema and visual arts. Through this program they aim to investigate the practice of filmmaking as a critical inquiry into a narrative reality, depicting dialogues emerging between makers, local contexts and its derived realities in cinema. Expect an international selection of critically acclaimed movies about contemporary artists, filmmakers and writers that have significantly influenced the current cultural landscape.
‘Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable’ is the first cinematic treatment of Winogrand’s work, including selections from the thousands of rolls of film still undeveloped upon his unexpected death in 1984. Described as a “poet,” an “athlete,” or a “philosopher” of photography, Garry Winogrand harnessed the serendipity of the streets to capture the American 1960s and ’70s. His Leica M4 snapped spontaneous images of everyday people, from the Mad Men era of New York to the early years of the Women’s Movement to post-Golden Age Hollywood, all while observing themes of cultural upheaval, political disillusionment, intimacy and alienation.
Interviews with Tod Papageorge, Matthew Weiner and more attest to Winogrand’s indisputable influence, both as artist and chronicler of culture. Once derided by the critics, Winogrand’s “snapshot aesthetic” is now the universal language of contemporary image making. In the tradition of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Winogrand’s candid, psychological style transports us to a bygone world, one where image lacked the editing and control possible today.