B. United States, 1928
B. United States1928
Garry Winogrand was an American photographer who became a significant pioneer of street photography in the 1960s and 70s. Winogrand’s signature style combined a dazzling visual and photographic dexterity with the documentation of both social issues and daily life in urban America. Primarily a photographer of New York, his extensive archive is one of the great records of the city from the period.
Known for his abrasive pictures and bold approach, Winogrand developed a style that was influenced by earlier figures such as Walker Evans and Henri Cartier-Bresson, but that was more aggressive in its look and technique: a look that was in tune with 1960s aesthetics. His work is a restless, obsessive, enormous record of American street life. The subject matter that he tackled ranged from hippies to Harlem, and it covers most of the key themes of the age from racial tension to the explosion of youth culture. While most of his work was taken on the streets of New York, he also photographed in Texas and Los Angeles during the 1970s and the final years of his life.
Winogrand was born in 1928 in the Bronx, New York. Winogrand’s work has been exhibited extensively, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Recontres d’Arles, France, the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Brooklyn Museum, New York and Galerie Nationale de Jeu de Paume, Paris. Winogrand was the recipient of three Guggenheim Fellowships that he was awarded in 1964, 1969 and 1979. His work is held in a number of major public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois and the George Eastman Museum, New York.
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