Garry WinograndGarry Winogrand, born on January 14, 1928 in New York, was an American photographer. He became famous for his street photography, among other things, although he thought this was a nonsensical name.
Garry studied art painting at City College in New York and then qualified as a painter and photographer at Columbia University in New York (1948). In 1951 he took a photojournalism course with Alexey Brodovitch of the New School for Social Research. In the 1950s he worked for the American magazine Sports Illustrated, among others. Inspired by the work of Walker Evans, Winogrand traveled through America on his own initiative in 1955 for four months, probably unconsciously, but simultaneously with Robert Frank. The trip yielded only a few photos for Winogrand's activities. A total of only 35 films were found in the archives of this tour.
Winogrand has always indicated himself that around 1960 he only became a serious photographer.
In 1973 Winogrand taught photography at the University of Texas at Austin and the Art Institute of Chicago. In the course of his career, his work has been awarded various prizes including the Guggenheim Fellowship Award (1964, 1969, 1979) and the National Endowment of the Arts Award (1979). The Guggenheim Awards gave Winogrand the opportunity to immerse himself photographically in American daily life.
In 1984 the photographer died of gall bladder cancer. After his death, he left behind a large unprocessed archive: 2,500 rolls of undeveloped film, 6,500 rolls of developed film and 3,000 contact sheets that were still unknown. Altogether 12,000 rolls or around 432,000 photos that Winogrand has never seen.
Below you see a film with Garry Winograd about his crooked horizon lines in particular, but also pay attention to the way the man works. Amazingly, as close as he gets to his subjects now and then. His clear message in street photography is that spontaneity in the photo goes for technology in street photography.
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