Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand said of his work, "I don't have anything to say in any picture. My only interest in photography is to see what something looks like as a photograph. I have no preconceptions." This mentality led Winogrand to photograph obsessively everywhere he went. The resulting images capture the American way of life in the mid 20th century. Winogrand is particularly well-known for his black-and-white images, many of which have a skewed horizon, giving his works their characteristic look of movement and action.

Winogrand's favorite camera was a 35mm Leica that he was rarely seen without. He received three Guggenheim fellowships throughout his lifetime, which he used to travel across America photographing all he saw. His photographs from these sets focus on public events that he attended while on his cross-country drive. At the time of his death in 1984, he left behind an estimated 300,000 photographs, many of them undeveloped and unedited.

In addition to putting up solo exhibitions at such institutions as the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, the Light Gallery in New York, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Winogrand published four books during his lifetime.



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