Garry Winogrand: The Godfather of Street Photography
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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 was born on January 14, 1928 in the Bronx in New York City. His parents were Abraham and Bertha, a leatherworker and seamstress. Winogrand was brought up in a predominately Jewish working class area of New York. At a young age, Winogrand began practicing what would be his legacy. Late at night, he would walk the streets of New York; it was here that he found privacy and solitude. After high school, Winogrand was enlisted in the United States Air Force, after which he used his GI Bill to return to school. He studied painting at City College of New York, after which he studied painting and photography at Columbia University until 1948 (Evans). In 1951, Winogrand’s passion for photography really took flight while at Columbia, he met classmate George Zimbel and together they started the ‘Midnight to Dawn Club’; photographing by day and developing all through the night. He enrolled in a photojournalism class taught by Alexey Brodovitch at the New School for Social Research. Brodovitch rose to fame in...
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