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Photo of the Week: Garry Winogrand

Photo of the Week - 05.12.14


Recently I was introduced to 'The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon', and repeatedly exposed to the term in true Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon fashion. I soon realised this phenomenon described my experience with the work of Garry Winogrand this week. It started with a discussion on social change and images that present polarising interpretations. Enter Garry Winogrand's Central Park Zoo taken in New York in 1967. I continued to see his work everywhere; newsletters, magazines and ACP course books. After ACP Curator Claire Monneraye informed me of his retrospective currently on at Je de Paume in Paris I knew this week was meant for Winogrand.

Capturing a post-war America, Winogrand's street photographs show both the highs and lows of this period. Widely considered one of the 20th century's greatest photographers, his images of American daily life are "rich with new possibility and yet equally anxious, threatening to spin out of control" (1). Winogrand's unexpected death at age 56 meant a large percentage of his work was left unedited. In fact over 6,600 rolls of film were left behind unprocessed and unseen (2). Jeu de Paume's retrospective Garry Winogrand showcases his iconic images alongside never before seen photographs.

Garry Winogrand is on at the Jeu de Paume, Paris France from 14 October 2014 to 08 February 2015.


Image: © Garry Winogrand, New York, 1967. Source: http://www.jeudepaume.org/index.php?page=article&idArt=2062

Reference (1) & (2) : The Metropolitan Museum of Art. http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/garry-winogrand