“Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York” from directors Daniel Allentuck and Nina Rosenblum | Daedelus Productions Inc.
Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York from directors Daniel Allentuck and Nina Rosenblum is an incredible documentary and one that goes far beyond any other film in the genre this year. Before viewing the film, I had no clue what the Photo League was, its influence and how many people were taught through work shops with the organization. The realities of this organization represents one of the strongest independent alliances through a creative medium ever devised. Lasting from 1936 to 1951, the Photo League was unquestionably the most important photography organizations ever. With members who had views of every sort, it became a standard for what America stands for in terms of the cultural ingenuity and timeless nature of the work.
The pictures are some of the best I have ever seen and the story it takes one through is somewhat crushing to my psyche as I realize the type of government that tried to take hold of this organization still holds its claws into the creative movements of America. It’s a story of triumph and one that I have watched an endless amount of time. With interviews compiled from the surviving members and a plethora of knowledge and photos to bring anyone up to speed into what The Photo League managed to create, this is as important as it gets when considering the shifting landscape in the mid 20th century.