By Billy West
Gary Winogrand was born on the 14th of January 1928 in New York City. Gary was a street photographer, mostly known for his portrayal of American life in the mid 20th century.
Gary Winogrand grew up in a dominantly Jewish area of Bronx in New York. His father, Abraham, was a leather worker and his mother, Bertha, made neckties.
When he was 20 he studied painting at City College of New York and painting and photography at Columbia University. He took a photojournalism class at The New School for Social Research in New York 3 years later.
Winogrand worked as a commercial photographer for 2 years at the Pix Photo Agency in Manhattan and after worked at Brackman Associates.
By the age of 27, two of Winogrand’s photos appeared in The Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was first more noticeably known when he featured in Five Unrelated Photographers, an exhibition also in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) In 1964 when Winogrand was 34 he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship award to travel through America. He was awarded another one 5 years later
In 1966 and 1977 he exhibited at the George Eastman House in New York and MoMA.
His photographs were of the streets of America. Lots of his photographs show the social issues of his time and the role of media in influential attitudes. So the time he grew up in influenced his photographs majorly.
He roamed the streets of New York with his camera quickly taking photographs using a prefocused wide angle lens. Winogrand’s inspiration for these types of photographs was American photographers Walker Evans and Robert Frank. John Szarkowski who is the director of Photography, commented on Winogrand saying he was the central photographer of his generation.
In 1969 he made up his first book called The Animals which was a collection of pictures that observes the connections between humans and animals. His second book Public Relations (1977) shows...
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