The Exhibition that Changed Modern Photography | American Masters | PBS


– [Female Narrator]
New Documents opened up the photography world in a
way that introduced a new way of looking at and making photographs. – [Male Narrator] The
famous New Documents show features Lee Friedlander, Diane
Arbus, and Garry Winogrand. And you know, there’s a
paradigm to finding new show. It’s still documentary, but
it’s much more personal. – The New Documents show
is, it was like the Bible. It was very radical, it was a statement of what was acceptable in art photography, and it was the social
landscape with Lee Friedlander, and it was the public landscape
of urbanism which was Garry, and it was Arbus’s way of
looking at her fellows. – [Female Narrator] The 1967
New Documents exhibition reset the course of photography. There was something about the distinction between Arbus, Friedlander, and Winogrand, that it allowed me to
understand Garry’s work, by looking at it in relation
to those two other people. – [Woman] I mean, Arbus’s work
was really kind or amazing, in that in the 50’s,
you never saw anything but smiling white people. It was like a mirror that
reflected only one kind of person. And so, Arbus looking at the
people she was looking at, or Garry being interested
in bandaged people, or interracial couples,
it was really shocking! – [Male Narrator] People
were hungry for the truth, so hungry for the truth. One’s hungry for the
truth when one is young, because one is struggling
through a fog of illusions that collects as one leaves
childhood and enters adulthood, but remember that this was a time in which this country was greatly confused about what its values were,
and young people especially were full of intense feeling
and little knowledge. (orchestral music)

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