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ASX.TV: “Streetwise – A Look at Garry Winogrand”

The ASX Team

February 26, 2011

Garry Winogrand

(American, 1928-1984) was born in New York City, where he lived and worked during much of his life. In 1948, while studying painting at Columbia University, he became interested in photography. During the 1950s, Winogrand photographed for magazines such as Collier’s and Sports Illustrated. Unsatisfied by the limitation of photographing for print and inspired by Walker Evans and Robert Frank, Winogrand embarked on a cross-country road trip in 1955.

In 1964, he received his first Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship supporting his vision of creating photographic studies of American life, a project he continued until the end of his life. Winogrand photographed the visual cacophony of city streets, people, rodeos, airports, and animals in zoos with an unerring eye.

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The first major show of his work was at the Museum of Modern Art in 1963. The exhibition included the work of other influential photographers such as Minor White, George Krause, Jerome Liebling, and Ken Heyman. Winogrand was later included the ground breaking 1967 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art New Documents, along with his contemporaries, Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander.

Winogrand was the recipient of numerous grants, including three Guggenheim Fellowships received in 1964, 1969 and 1979, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1975. Numerous monographs of his work have been published, including ‘The Man in the Crowd: the Uneasy Streets of Garry Winogrand’, ‘The Animals’, ‘Women are Beautiful’, ‘Arrivals and Departures’ and ‘Winogrand: Figments From the Real World’. His work is included in major museum collections worldwide.

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