30 October 2014

GARRY WINOGRAND RETROSPECTIVE IN PARIS

Garry Winogrand was an American photographer (1928-1984) who documented modern life on the city streets in his native New York, his primary working location, and across the United States.  He captured moments during the country's most vital and eruptive post-war decades, mainly the 1950s-70s, from Manhattan to Santa Monica and from the historical to the intimate.  

Garry Winogrand exhibition at Jeu de Paume, Paris
New York, 1962

He was at the launch of Apollo 11 in 1969, photographed the president and Hollywood royalty to ordinary joes, ebullient crowds, individuals, couples and friends on the street, approaching these different subjects from the same personal point of view.

Garry Winogrand exhibition at Jeu de Paume, Paris
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 1951

The New Yorker started his career as a magazine freelancer but quickly moved away from journalism as he appreciated the ordinary and free, ambiguous realism.  His surprising, detailed style - using wide angle lenses to capture more in each frame - made him one of the most celebrated documentary photographers of the twentieth century.  

Garry Winogrand exhibition at Jeu de Paume, Paris
Houston, 1964

His work captures joy and humour to anguish and discontent, and the exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris features many emotions - from the rough, raw post-war 50s to the prosperous, optimistic 60s and the disquiet, Vietnam upheaval of the 70s - and places starting from the Bronx, to Los Angeles and Texas.  

Garry Winogrand exhibition at Jeu de Paume, Paris
New York World's Fair, 1964

It's the most extensive Winogrand exhibition so far and the first retrospective in 25 years, with one third of the work on show never been printed before now, along with photos he printed but had never been seen by the public before.  He was a headlong photographer, preferring to shoot than edit, and he left behind over 6,600 rolls of film that he had never reviewed, so there's a whole section of the gallery featuring prints which were never seen by Winogrand, left without notes or instructions, so his evaluation of the work cannot be known. The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, upon preparing its posthumous exhibition in 1988, developed, proofed and edited the work he left behind. 

If you're in Paris in the next four months, it's worth a visit.

Garry Winogrand exhibition at Jeu de Paume, Paris
 New York, 1962

Garry Winogrand exhibition at Jeu de Paume, Paris
New York, 1955

Garry Winogrand exhibition at Jeu de Paume, Paris
Los Angeles, 1980-1983

Garry Winogrand: 14 October 2014 - 8 February 2015
Jeu de Paume, Concorde
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