Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Angie Restrepo submits Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) was born in New York City. He was a well known street photographer, especially for his portrayal of America in the early 1960s and his interest in social issues of the day and in the role of media in shaping attitudes. He roamed the streets of New York with his Leica rapidly taking photographs using a prefocused wide angle lens. He would often tilt his lens, leaving his photographs with a slanted result. Garry studied painting at City College of New York and later studied painting and photography at Columbia University in New York City in 1948. He also attended a photojournalism class at the New School for Social Research in New York City in 1951. Much later, he taught courses in photography at the University of Texas, Austin and at the Art Institute of Chicago. His lessons were reportedly fondly remembered and deeply influential on his students. You can imagine a critique in his photography class - where you would consume pots & pots of coffee and smoke cigarettes. Sadly he died of gall bladder cancer, in 1984 at age 56, leaving behind nearly 300,000 unedited and in many cases undeveloped images.

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