Garry Winogrand: Winogrand Color

“We have not loved life.”
Winogrand made the photographs in this book in defiance of this self-appraisal. A loving spirit charges and elevates picture after picture, riding an emotional circuit that sweeps from empathy to affection to outright elation, extending across two decades of work made mostly in broad daylight, on the street, on the road, at the beach, in color.
Garry Winogrand is known primarily for his spontaneous and energetic street photography in black-and-white. What is lesser known is that Winogrand also shot more than 45,000 color slides between the early 1950s and late 1960s. These photographs were often taken between assignments, when the photographer, working on his own, developed and refined an approach to his medium that was increasingly open, independent, and radical. He routinely photographed with two cameras strapped around his neck, one loaded with color film, the other with black and white.
Winogrand Color presents 150 photographs selected from the archives at the Center for Creative Photography by the American film director, Michael Almereyda and former Museum of Modern Art curator, Susan Kismaric. It is the first monograph dedicated to the artist’s rarely seen color work.

A portrait of Garry Winogrand by Micha Auer

About the Author

Garry Winogrand (1928 – 1984) was born in New York City and became interested in photography while serving in the military as a weather forecaster. He studied painting at City College (1947-48) and at Columbia University (1948-51), where he learned how to develop and print. In 1951 he studied photography with Alexey Brodovitch at the New School for Social Research. Afterward he worked commercially for photography agencies, freelanced for magazines, and also did personal work. Winogrand’s photographs were exhibited widely during his lifetime, in Edward Steichen’s The Family of Man at the Museum of Modern Art, Towards a Social Landscape at the George Eastman House, and New Documents at the Museum of Modern Art. He was often grouped with photographers such as Danny Lyon or Lee Friedlander as a documentarian of the “social landscape.” Winogrand received three Guggenheim Fellowships, to produce “photographic studies of American life,” to study “the effect of the media on events,” and to photograph California. He taught photography at the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union in New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among other institutions; and published seven books of photographs, including The Animals (1969), Women Are Beautiful (1975), and Public Relations (1977).
Garry Winogrand’s photographs are sophisticated, chance observations of daily life that demonstrate his mastery of the 35-millimeter camera. He was fond of visual puns and tilted exposures; he photographed, he said, “to see what the world looks like in photographs.” Although his approach was lighthearted, his formal acuity and absurdist appreciation for the visual world were serious innovations that reverberate in the work of many contemporary photographers. (Lisa Hostetler for
The Garry Winogrand Estate is represented by the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.

Hardcover: 176 pages, 150 four color plates
Publisher: Twin Palms Publishers (November, 2023)
Language: English
Size: 12 x 12 inches
Weight: 1.74 pounds
ISBN-10: 193661118X
ISBN-13: 978-1936611188

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