Garry WINOGRAND, New York City, New York. From Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1928 – Mexico 1984

New York City, New York. From "Garry Winogrand" 1970 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 21.6 h x 32.6 w cm mount 37.4 h x 50.1 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1978
Accession No: NGA 78.950.3

Winogrand was asked how he felt about missing photographs while he reloaded his camera. He replied ‘There are no photographs while I'm reloading’: There is no possibility in the Winograndian world view of regarding the camera as a window onto the world; it becomes a mirror reflecting back the photographer’s concerns. Winogrand was fascinated by how the real was translated into the photographic. In the end this fascination became an obsession from which he could not escape or find solace—or meaning. At the time of his death there were a third of a million exposures that he had never looked at including 2,500 undeveloped rolls of film.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra