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. American Masters – Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable is the first cinematic survey of the artist’s legacy.
This gallery features some of Winogrand’s most celebrated photographs alongside rarities from his archive.
Included is one of Winogrand’s signature photographs, the iconic shot of Marilyn Monroe with her skirt blown askew on the set of The Seven Year Itch.
The gallery gives a sense of the rich variety of subjects Winogrand photographed: he captured rowdy Texas rodeos, political conventions, angry protests, zoos, parades, celebrity balls and city streets teeming with women newly liberated from the repressive 1950s. His camera seized upon the spectacle of a massive social upheaval—that age when American mania for self-promotion and wanton exhibitionism was in its infancy.
We hope you enjoy this selection of his work.
Premieres nationwide Friday, April 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/americanmasters and the PBS Video app.