Garry during his career. One of hisstudents named Mason

Garry Winogrand was born on January 14, 1928, in New York and died on March19, 1984, in Mexiko. He was an American street photographer who is known forhis spontaneous photos of people who are engaged in their everyday life. Heespecially took photos of people living in New York during 1960. He has unusualcamera positions, a strange sense of timing and ability to capture interesting andincredible outlines of not only people but also places. This is how he became oneof the most powerful photographers of his generation. Although he died youngat the age of 56, he managed to create s lot of work. His photos of people in thestreets, especially women and especially in Fifth Avenue N.Y.C were colored withhumor and sarcasm. Winogrand spent two years in the army then startedstudying at Columbia University where he studied painting. The photographer ofthe school's newspaper introduced him to photography. Then Winogrand wasthe photojournalist of Pix, Inc, The photographer's artistic vision began to appearin 1960 when he began to wander in the streets with his Leica camera andstarted to take photos. He has incredible photographs that prove thephotographer's being creative and feeling the moment to capture.Garry Winogrand is significant in the street photography because first of all hehated the term “street photographer” and introduced himself as just a2photographer. I understand and respect this idea because this shows thatWinogrand is interested in just making great photos, instead of classifyinghimself. He shot more than 5 million photographs during his career. One of hisstudents named Mason Resnick described the process how Winogrand didshootings; "As we walked out of the building, he wrapped the Leica's leatherstrap around his hand, checked the light, quickly adjusted the shutter speed andf/stop. He looked ready to pounce. We stepped outside and he was on. Wequickly learned Winogrand's technique-he walked slowly or stood in the middleof pedestrian traffic as people went by. He shot prolifically. I watched him walk ashort block and shoot an entire roll without breaking stride. As he reloaded, Iasked him if he felt bad about missing pictures when he reloaded. "No," hereplied, "there are no pictures when I reload." He was constantly looking aroundand often would see a situation on the other side of a busy intersection. Ignoringtraffic, he would run across the street to get the picture."He accepted the fact that he did not have enough time to see all the photos hehad shot. He was always in the streets and people described him as a restlesshuman being. After him, Winogrand left as 20,000 contact sheets, which isequivalent to 720,000 photos, 100,000 negatives=3,600,000 photos, 30,500 colorslides=1,098,000 photos. So he left us approximately 5,418,000 photographs. Hedid not just put his camera into the burst mode and took a million photos a day,but was purposeful in the photos he took. Winogrand never hesitated to take hisphotos. For example, he never thought that a certain person is a little bit faraway, or he/she may get angry with him. According to Mason Resnick, "He wasconstantly looking around and often would see a situation on the other side of a3busy intersection. Ignoring traffic, he would run across the street to get thepicture." So we learn from Winogrand to follow our feelings and go for ourphotos. If a person one wants to shot is far away, run to and do your job.

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