Garry Winogrand: Figments From The Real World



Why I purchased Figments From The Real World.

Any time that I’d try to find work by Garry Winogrand on line, it seem that I could only able to find the same handful of only his most famous photos. For someone who has literally shot millions of pictures in his life, I figured that he had to have shot more keepers then what was prevalent on the Internet.

Garry Winogrand: Figments From The Real World
Garry Winogrand: Figments From The Real World

What I learned from Figments From The Real World

Less than perfect technique is acceptable.

Blown highlights. Horizons that aren’t level. The subject not being in absolute perfect focus. Those are just a few of the technical no-nos that would see these images get tore apart by the technique-happy reviewers who critique images at web galleries I’ve visited.

The images of Winogrand don’t need these perfections. Attempting to yank moments of surrealism from everyday day requires a certain degree of fudging on the technical side of photography. What some of photographs may lack in unimportant technical details, they make up for by actually being interesting.

Garry Winogrand: Los Angeles 1980-81
Garry Winogrand: Los Angeles 1980-81

Figments From The Real World provides a great overview of the work of Garry Winogrand from 1950 until his death in 1984. Highly recommended for fans of street photography.

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