By Alex Thorne
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is currently showing a fascinating exhibit by Garry Winogrand through June 2nd. Covering the show was San Francisco Chronicle reporter, Kenneth Baker, who wrote a fantastic article about the show.
Here’s a brief excerpt from the article:
“Early work from the 1950s and ’60s, centered on Manhattan, burns with curiosity about the ground-level American spectacle and with delight in the camera’s capacity to see more and faster than the eye. After politics attracted and eventually disheartened Winogrand in the 1960s, the tone of his work began to sour.
Or did the social reality before his lens sour? Or both? Did he evolve a bleaker vision because he left his native New York City to travel the country and live for long stints in Texas and Los Angeles?
Winogrand’s stature rests to some extent on the centrality to his work of unresolvable issues such as these, fundamental to off-the-leash photography.
Guest curator Leo Rubinfien, a fellow photographer and longtime friend of Winogrand’s, and SFMOMA photo curator Erin O’Toole compiled “Garry Winogrand,” collaborating with Sarah Greenough of the National Gallery of Art.”