Garry Winogrand

American, 1928–1984


Garry Winogrand is considered one of the most important American photographers of the 20th century, during which he amassed an archive of images capturing its evolving attitudes and anxieties. Legend has it that the minute he stepped into a darkroom in college, Winogrand forever abandoned painting for the camera. He began his career as a freelance journalistic photographer, but upon seeing Walker Evans’s book American Photographs was so deeply moved that he decided to change this approach to the medium. Winogrand was known best for his street photography, and for capturing moments of everyday American life in the post-war era. “No moment is most important,” he once said. “Any moment can be something.” He used a small-format camera, which suited his many travels and liberated his movement in the streets. At the time of his sudden death, he left behind thousands of rolls of undeveloped film.

Career Highlights
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Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Reviewed by a major art publication
Included in a major biennial
Shows Featuring Garry Winogrand
Articles Featuring Garry Winogrand
10 Iconic Photographers Who Immortalized the City Streets
Oct 5th, 2018
The Bible of Street Photography Was Just Updated for the First Time in 20 Years
Oct 30th, 2017
10 Photographers Who Captured the Grit and Glamour of L.A.
Apr 1st, 2016
10 Photographers Who Captured the Soul of New York City
Oct 10th, 2015
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