Garry Winogrand

1928 - 1984 · United States

Artist biography

Garry Winogrand used his camera to capture views of the everyday, yet his exceptional understanding of the role of illumination and framing allowed Winogrand to transcend the everyday and elevate these views to a more compelling visual mode.

Heavily influenced by the photography of Walker Evans, Winogrand espoused a similar aesthetic in his work. He shot scenes of everyday life with such a compelling perspective that seemingly come to life as they are viewed. At the same time, they document turbulent moments in a country in transition, and, as a testament to his skill as a photographer, the emotions and sensations of this era rest on the very surface of each frame.

Born in New York in the late 1920s, Winogrand spent the majority of his career there. He attended City College and Columbia University, but his passion for photography began during his days as a weatherman for the military. His genius in the realm of photography was rewarded with a remarkable array of fellowships over the course of his career, including those from the Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2013, Winogrand was celebrated with the first major retrospectives of his work that opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and then traveled the globe. Winogrand’s photographs are among the most prestigious public and private collections, and they have also been featured in notable monographs on the artist over the years.

Garry Winogrand

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