Winogrand: figments from the real world

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Museum of Modern Art, 1988 - Architecture - 260 pages
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"This book, published to accompany a retrospective exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, is the first comprehensive overview of the work of Garry Winogrand. It contains an eloquent and important essay on the life and work of the photographer by John Szarkowski and a lavish plate section presenting the photographs thematically under the following titles: Eisenhower Years, The Street, Women, The Zoo, On the Road, The Sixties, Etc., The Fort Worth Fat Stock Show and Rodeo, Airport, and Unfinished Work. Many of the 179 plates are works that have never before been published; and the last section includes twenty-five pictures chosen from the enormous body of work that Winogrand left unedited at the time of his death in 1984."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

Great overview of Gary Winogrand's work. I read it because I wanted to see the results of his use of the 28mm focal length, wider than most street/documentary photographers use. It was enlightening. Read full review

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User Review  - Jil - Goodreads

Peace Demonstration in Central Park, 1968 is one of the most beautiful photographs I've ever seen. The essay at the front wasn't anything to take your breath away, some of the photos didn't kill me, but when he gets it right, he REALLY gets it right. Read full review

About the author (1988)

Garry Winogrand was born in 1928 and raised in the Bronx. After high school and two years in the army, he briefly studied painting at Columbia University until a friend showed him the darkroom in the basement of the schoolis architecture building. iI never looked back,i he later said. For some years he worked as a freelance photojournalist and in advertising; by the 1960s his distinctive themes and style had begun to emerge. The Museum of Modern Art first substantially showed his work in 1963, and later held two one-man exhibitions, The Animals, in 1969, and Public Relations, in 1976. Winogrand received three Guggenheim fellowships for special photographic projects. He taught at Chicagois Institute of Design and then for five years at the University of Texas in Austin. In 1978 he moved to Los Angeles, where he took pictures incessantly. Although Winogrand was an articulate and conscientious teacher, he resisted talking about his own photography. iThe artist is irrelevant once the work exists,i he said. iAll there is is the pictures.i Winogrand died in 1984.

John Szarkowski is director emeritus of the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. As director of the department from 1962 through 1991, he oversaw the presentation of more than 100 exhibitions. He also oversaw the publication of more than 30 books and catalogues, the inauguration of the Museum's first photography collection galleries in 1964 and their expansion in 1984 and the establishment of endowments to support the department's programs. Throughout his tenure, he supervised the development of the collection, which now includes more than 25,000 works spanning the history of photography. Szarkowski was born in Ashland, Wisconsin in 1925.