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Thread: Garry Winogrand

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    Maybe you found it via APUG. I've merged the new thread with the existing one.
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    I never tire seeing this video. Thanks Suzanne.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

    http://www.walterpcalahan.com/Photography/index.html

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    David--I deleted my post since it is redundent.

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    No problem, Lee. It's a wonderful video.
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    I read the student's account of attending a Winogrand class with interest. It was well written. Lends weight to the use of rangefinder cameras and specifically Leicas for street photography. My interest in him was further stimulated by the BBC programme The Genius of Photography which devoted a large part of one episode to him. As a matter of interest, what has happened to the 100's or 1000s of rolls that he never developed in his lifetime?

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    They All got developped after his death. John Szarkowski tells about how tedius it was to look through 300.000 photographs to try and find some good ones, of which, according to Szarkowski, there were surprisingly few. At the end of his life, winogrand seems to have taken pictures obsessively for the sake of taking pictures, what he was taken pictures of seems to have mattered little (Szarkowski tells about how frustrating it was to look at contact sheet after contact sheet, of seemingly random photographs).

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    Quote Originally Posted by loman View Post
    They All got developped after his death. John Szarkowski tells about how tedius it was to look through 300.000 photographs to try and find some good ones, of which, according to Szarkowski, there were surprisingly few. At the end of his life, winogrand seems to have taken pictures obsessively for the sake of taking pictures, what he was taken pictures of seems to have mattered little (Szarkowski tells about how frustrating it was to look at contact sheet after contact sheet, of seemingly random photographs).
    As much as I admire much of Winogrand's work, ever since I learned about his obsessive shoot without thinking mentality, I've started to regard him less. Just for the sake of taking pictures and seeing what things look photographed? Sorry - not if 99% of what you shoot is simply not worthy.

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    Perhaps apocryphal, but I've read in a couple of places online (yes, I know, reader beware and all that) that he bought a motor winder for his Leica at some point later in his life, and some speculation that the increased automation encouraged him to take even more shots than he normally would.
    i can't wait to take a picture of my thumb with this beautiful camera.

    - phirehouse, after buying a camera in the classifieds

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    I have been trying to get this Winogrand thing for a long time. I know he took some great pictures, but he has been elevated to a mythical figure by the mere fact that he left thousands of rolls undeveloped and that he wore sprocket holes into the pressure plate of a Leica, but for what purpose? The information above makes me wonder why he would photograph without knowing what his results were. It almost falls into the "spray and pray" line of photography. If he took hundreds of thousands of frames and one of the greatest curators in the history of photography had trouble finding a good image.... Hmmmmm...... I find it interesting nonetheless, and would like to read more about him. Has there been a biography yet? I am not trying to be negative here, I just find it curious.

    Patrick

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    My post is referring to the last three years of winogrand's life, when he was living in Califnornia. The information is from a Szarkowski essay in the winogrand book: "figments from the real world". It seems that Winogrand was depressed in this last period of his life, which accounts for his apathic picture taking.
    In the same book Szarkowski says that winogrand even bought a 8x10 view camera, all though he never used it.
    I would also like to add, that I'm a big fan of winogrand, and think his best work is some of the finest photography in the twentieth century.
    Winogrand wasn't interested in taking pictures he knew, he wanted something different, his well known "modus operandi" was his answer to this problem.
    I believe that in the end his working method took the place of artistic vision, but it doesn't make him a lesser artist in my mind.
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    Last edited by loman; 12-10-2007 at 05:51 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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