Synopses & Reviews
Widely regarded as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, Garry Winogrand (1928and#8211;1984) did much of his best-known work in Manhattan during the 1960s, becoming an epic chronicler of that tumultuous decade. But Winogrand was also an avid traveler and roamed extensively around the United States, bringing exquisite work out of nearly every region of the country.
This landmark retrospective catalogue looks at the full sweep of Winograndand#8217;s exceptional career. Drawing from his enormous output, which at the time of his death included thousands of rolls of undeveloped film and unpublished contact sheets, the book will serve as the most substantial compendium of Winograndand#8217;s work to date. Lavishly illustrated with both iconic images and photographs that have never been seen before now, and featuring essays by leading scholars of American photography, Garry Winogrand presents a vivid portrait of an artist who unflinchingly captured Americaand#8217;s swings between optimism and upheaval in the postwar era.
"Edited by photographer and essayist Rubinfien, this landmark volume serves as the catalogue to a Winogrand (1928-1984) travelling retrospective opening in March 2013 at the San Francisco Museum of Art, and features 460 black-and-white photographs and five accompanying essays. The catalogue mixes the photographer's most famous images with some never-before-seen work from previously undeveloped film and unpublished contact sheets. Unlike contemporaries Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander, Winogrand's work is distinctly off-kilter and frenetic, richly evoking the societal changes afoot in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. However, the work is also deeply personal he shows us Americans from all walks of life, their relationships to each other, and their environment. In several famous shots, we see their reactions to him and his camera, as in the woman laughing while holding an ice cream cone, clearly amused by something he said. Just as masterfully, Winogrand sometimes captured an entire tableau, as in the shot of eight people on a New York park bench, which contains multiple stories competing for attention. Winogrand reveals the inimitable rowdiness of real life in all its tragic and comic excess, establishing a whole new style of street shooting that is celebrated in this fine volume. 460 duotone illus." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
and#8220;This major exhibition and catalog promise to provide a revelatory time trip.and#8221;and#8212;J. Hoberman,andnbsp;Artforumandnbsp;
and#8220;Winogrand reveals the inimitable rowdiness of real life in all its tragic and comic excess, establishing a whole new style of street shooting that is celebrated in this fine volume.and#8221; and#8212;Publishers Weekly
and#8220;The retrospective's accompanying catalog, "Garry Winogrand," edited by Leo Rubinfien, is an absorbing compendium offering dozens of rare and never-before-exhibited images.and#8221;and#8212;Chicago Tribune
andnbsp;and#8220;[In] contention for retrospective book of the year is the eponymous Garry Winogrand, a hefty catalogue for this yearand#8217;s vast exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. One of the great pioneers of American street photography, his images still surprise with their off-kilter composition and wired energy.and#8221;and#8212;Sean Oand#8217;Hagan, The Observer
Awarded Second prize in the Exhibition Catalogs (greater than $750,000) category in this yearand#39;s American Alliance of Museumand#39;s Publication Design Competition.
andldquo;You could say that I am a student of photography, and I am; but really Iandrsquo;m a student of America.andrdquo;andmdash;Garry Winogrand
The first substantial compendium of the work of acclaimed American postwar photographer Garry Winogrand, this expansive volume brings together his iconic images and pictures that have never before been printed.
About the Author
Leo Rubinfien is a photographer and essayist in New York City. Sarah Greenough is senior curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Susan Kismaric was curator of photographs at the Museum of Modern Art for over thirty-five years. Erin Oandrsquo;Toole is assistant curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Tod Papageorge is Walker Evans Professor of Photography at Yale University. Sandra Phillips is senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.