Street Photography Greats. Gary Winogrand

Gary Winogrand poses for a photograph

Garry Winogrand (14 January 1928 – 19 March 1984)

Another of the New York crew, Winogrand who grew up in the Bronx, was to go on to become one of it’s biggest allies. His parents, like so many of the great photographers, left Budapest Hungary and set up in New York after the war. On leaving school, Garry spent a year in the army in 1946, returning to New York a year later.


Here he enrolled in Art college, and then moved on to study art and photography at Columbia, moving on to work in Photojournalism and advertising.


He exhibited and created four books. He had photos in both The Family of Man and New Documents, two seemingly very influential exhibitions. He was a contemporary of Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander.


His first book focussed on a zoo and the association with people and animals. It would be something he would focus on throughout his career. He is classed as the central photographer of his generation and left behind over 300,000 unedited prints or images. He was a prolific photographer. Diane Arbus for example took 12 photographs in a day and just over 7,000 in her lifetime.


To support himself he became a teacher, moving around to different colleges. Chicago and Texas being two. He had a unique style, and seemed to wait for the perfect opportunity. He worked predominantly in black and white and in sunshine using light well, but he also liked to travel the subway. He is a very good social study.


Camera: Leica M4

Where they worked: US. Mainly New York but also Los Angeles, Texas

Strengths: Would wait for the right moment, patient and prolific. Used light very well

Weaknesses: Very little colour work, weak colour in processed photos, very little bad weather work

Quote: “I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs.”



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