Garry Winogrand: The Godfather of Street Photography Essay

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In the early 1960s, most photographs were taken for a purpose, and that purpose was for news articles, magazines, or advertisement. There was very little consideration of photography as art. This change in the way photography was approached was in large part to photographers such as Garry Winogrand, who turned photography into an art.
Winogrand symbolized a new generation of photographers on the rise in the mid-1960s known as “street photographers.” While each photo is of simple, everyday life, they each contain an individual message and meaning much deeper than what was seen through the lens. His impact is still being felt in photography today and has been identified as a turning point in American photographic history.
Garry Winogrand
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While critics and observers ofter criticized this approach to photography, Winogrand embraced it. After studying under Brodovitch, Winogrand began working for Pix, a New York based freelance photography association based in Manhattan. He also married his first wife, dancer Adrienne Lebow in 1952. Two years later, Winogrand left Pix and joined The Brackman Associates. His photos began to gain recognition, appearing in Sports Illustrated, Pageant, Argosy, and Redbook. In 1955, two of Winogrand’s pieces appeared in New York’s Museum of Modern Art exhibition titled The Family of Man. He began to be recognized for his work and “his own style and character,” as stated by Henrietta Brackman, Winogrand’s representative. It was in preparing for a cross-country trip that Winogrand was introduced to one of his biggest influences, Robert Frank. Most notably recognized for his book The Americans, Frank was not ashamed to take a firsthand look at society throughout America and photograph his findings. Winogrand admired Frank’s use of the wide angle lens, which he then adapted to use in most of his remaining images (Zellen). Frank soon became a driving influence behind Winogrand’s work, all of which made faint comments about the complexities and subtleties of human communications. Their work was different, but there is no denying that Frank helped to pave the way for photographers such as
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