Winogrand (1928-1984) rejected the concept of "street photography," a classification critics have said that he defined. He claimed that animals were his sole subject. Among them he included people, whom he found at their feral best on city streets and at public events. A deeply unpretentious and inventive photographer, his frenetic, apparently off-the-cuff pictures descend from the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans. Assuming that he shot 5,850,000 photos in his lifetime (and shot for 36 years), that would equate to 445 photographs a day (or 12 rolls of film a day). Garry taught at UT for about five years in the 1970s but what he loved was to be outside doing his type of photography. He was constantly looking around, and often would see a situation on the other side of a busy intersection and run across the street to get the picture. The Austin History Center has a biography file on Winogrand and we have a new catalog of his work from a traveling retrospective that opened in March 2013 at the San Francisco Museum of Art which features 460 black-and-white photographs and five accompanying essays.
Garry Winogrand: Street Photographer?
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