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Winogrand: Figments from the Real World Hardcover – 1 Jun 2003
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This book gives a complete set of his pictures through various years, that are beyond critisism. It is highly recommended to anyone that wants to own some of his works. This book is big and heavy and contains a lot of pictures to keep you happy.
this is one of the best books i have.
simply 2 names... john szarkowski and garry winogrand...
the pictures the book it self is a poem.
pictures no words to describe
i love this book
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What you see through his lens is his version of America, of who we are, and what we look like, and how we fill in the spaces we inhabit from small towns in America out west, to the big city streets of Los Angeles and New York. He captures us as we work and play, he records how we gape as spectators at rodeos or at stippers at strip tease clubs, or at movies, or at square dances and Fourth of July parades in small-towns. He captures us at home, in our yards, in our cars, at zoos and at ball games and in our rooms isolated and alone.
Winogrand captures the soul of a nation. He is artful in his use of black and white in that he cuts a slice of reality and presents it as a full meal for our eyes to feast on. You can enter his composition from any angle and find a way into his image.
Winogrand is an American master, and this collection gathers the best of his many exhibits and shows and books of photographs and lays them out in chronological fashion, from the early 1950s to the the early 1980s in order that we can study the development of his genius over the course of his career.
This is great, inspiring work. And a nice view of the States in the 70's.
“I photograph to find out what things look like photographed.”
“Good photographs get made despite, not because.”
resonate more deeply than pedestrian images redolent of contemporary vernacular shots reproduced over and over again on blogs and photo sites across the internet: a head in a car window, a baby on the beach, two pairs of walking feet. There are, of course, the iconic shots that show up in surveys of photographic history and which retain a special power: the couple in the zoo holding chimpanzees, the laughing girl with ice cream cone, girls on a park bench at the World’s Fair. But seen as a collection, the overall impression left by much of his work is uninspiring.
Szarkowski provides an informative essay summarizing Winogrand’s career, portraying the New York native as something of a “city hick” suspicious and even contemptuous of the institutions that supported his work after the decline of the photo magazines – the galleries and the academy. He produced only four photobooks during his lifetime, none of which enjoyed any commercial success, but experienced greater recognition and some middling fortune in the galleries and as a university lecturer. The end of his career was a slow fade into obscurity, in which he shot, but left unedited, a third of a million images.