Park Avenue New York 1959
© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Michael Hoppen Gallery
Silver gelatin print
Garry Winogrand was born in New York in 1928 and grew up in the then predominantly Jewish working-class area of the Bronx, where his father was a leather worker. As a youth he found the closeness and lack of privacy of his crowded family home difficult to bear and would spend long hours walking the city streets; it was a need that was to be present for most or all of his life.
Winogrand photographed to see what things looked like photographed. He first picked up a camera in the 1950’s and didn’t put it down until his untimely death in 1984. He was a prolific photographer and his images capture what is known as the ’decisive moment’. Winogrand’s subject was America. He documented the city and the urban landscape, concentrating on its unusual people and capturing odd juxtapositions of animate and inanimate objects. He made the city, the zoo, the airport and the rodeo his home, and spent endless hours photographing these and other locations.
Winogrand published four books of photographs, including The Animals in 1969, and Women Are Beautiful in 1975. He used a small-format, 35mm camera that enabled him to photograph quickly and freely, and by the time of his death in 1984, he left more than 2,500 undeveloped rolls of film.