The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover (2006)
Director Paul Yule follows-up his 1990 documentary about photographer O. Winston Link with this look into the scandal that erupted in the wake of the famed steam-engine shutterbug's death in 2001. After marrying a woman named Conchita who was twenty-years his junior in 1983, Link allowed to take his bride as not only his lifelong companion, but his agent as well. The reputation of the photographer, as well as the price of his work, rising steadily soon thereafter, the union between Conchita and Link came to an explosive conclusion when Conchita allegedly had an extramarital affair and was subsequently imprisoned for embezzling a fortune in her husband's profits. Prompted to revisit the strange case when, after the photographer's death, a number of his long-thought-lost prints slowly began to resurface, Yule interviews Conchita, Link's son and brother, and lawyers representing both parties to explore whether the woman was a manipulative thief looking to take advantage of an ailing old man, or the harbinger of Link's success who was tragically framed by an abusive and embittered artist. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover
There's a good film noir to be made from this morass of human foibles, but British documentarian Paul Yule has the advantage of nonfictional context.
Adultery, abuse, and astronomical art world prices are packaged with creepy background music and cliched close-ups of court records.
An essay on the difficulty of determining 'truth' and the ultimate unknowability of people.
... Yule's docu sheds light neither on the convoluted codependency of marriage nor upon the commodification of art.
Yule's insightful new movie details the disintegration of a marriage that was hunky-dory when he met the 75-year-old Winston and his new 50-year-old wife and partner, Conchita, in 1990.
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