Winogrand, Garry

Winogrand, Garry,

1928–84, American photographer known for his street photography, b. The Bronx, N.Y., studied City College (1947–48), Columbia (1948–51), and photography at the New School for Social Research. He worked for photography agencies and beginning in 1954 sold photographs to such popular magazines as Life, Look, and Sports Illustrated. His images of everyday life were included in the Museum of Modern Art's influential Family of Man exhibition and book (1955) and in other photographic shows. He used a 35-mm Leica, often shooting at tilted angles, and is best known for his 1960s Manhattan photographs, which captured everyday moments in the lives of ordinary (and some famous) people with a seemingly casual yet sophisticated artistry. His seven books of photographs include The Animals (1969), Women Are Beautiful (1975), and Public Relations (1977). He taught at New York's School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union, the Art Institute of Chicago, and other institutions. His later years were spent in Los Angeles, where he captured a variety of West Coast scenes, frequently public events.


See exhibition catalogs Winogrand: Figments from the Real (1988) and Garry Winogrand (2013); G. Dyer, The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand (2018); S. W. Freyer, dir. Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable (documentary, 2018).

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Winogrand, Garry

(1928–84) photographer, teacher; born in New York. Between assignments as a commercial photographer in New York City (1952–69), he started shooting street scenes, and from 1969 he taught photography and used grants to pursue his art.
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