United States of America 1928 – Mexico 1984
Los Angeles, California. From "Garry Winogrand" 1969 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Winogrand used a Leica M4 with a wide-angle lens and tipped the picture plane, giving his compositions a particular feel. Traumatised by the fraught political tensions of the cold war period, anxiety found its way into the imagery—lending his work an edge that makes for a compelling reading of an alienated and fearful society in the throes of change. His city is a site of unexpected confrontations and strange, witty juxtapositions. Joel Meyerowitz remarked that Winogrand ‘set a tempo on the street so strong that it was impossible not to follow it. It was like jazz. You just had to get in the same groove’.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra