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“This major exhibition and catalog promise to provide a revelatory time trip.”—J. Hoberman, Artforum 
(J. Hoberman Artforum)

“Winogrand reveals the inimitable rowdiness of real life in all its tragic and comic excess, establishing a whole new style of street shooting that is celebrated in this fine volume.” —Publishers Weekly
(Publishers Weekly 2013-04-08)

“The retrospective's accompanying catalog, "Garry Winogrand," edited by Leo Rubinfien, is an absorbing compendium offering dozens of rare and never-before-exhibited images.”—Chicago Tribune
(Chicago Tribune)

 “[In] contention for retrospective book of the year is the eponymous Garry Winogrand, a hefty catalogue for this year’s vast exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. One of the great pioneers of American street photography, his images still surprise with their off-kilter composition and wired energy.”—Sean O’Hagan, The Observer (Sean O'Hagan The Observer 2013-12-08)

Awarded Second prize in the Exhibition Catalogs (greater than $750,000) category in this year's American Alliance of Museum's Publication Design Competition.
(Publication Design Award American Alliance of Museums 2014-07-07)

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The first substantial compendium of the work of acclaimed American postwar photographer Garry Winogrand, this expansive volume brings together his iconic images and pictures that have never before been printed.

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  • Series: Metropolitan Museum, New York: Exhibition Catalogues
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300191774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300191776
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 10.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Witmer VINE VOICE on April 23, 2013
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The last major retrospective of Gary Winogrand's work was published in 1988, with John Szarkowski, the aging but still authoritative god of photography as the editor and essayist--and the most notable disclosure in that work was that Winogrand died with a freezer full of exposed film--2,500 rolls--plus thousands more rolls of work never really edited or printed--and that Winogrand, at the end, didn't even care enough to hold the camera steady. The view given by Szarkowski seemed to be that no one in their right mind would ever stagger through Winogrand's every last frame, just to see what was there, and that much of what the man saw would never be seen again.

Twenty five years later, a team of dedicated scholars have proven Szarkowski wrong (much to his posthumous delight, I'm sure)--this very thick and heavy volume is teaming with Winogrands never seen in print before, presented in parings and sequences that delight the eye. I'm old enough to remember (as a child) much of the world that Winogrand photographed (almost old enough for a reprise of the Tom Lehr joke about Mozart--when he was my age, he'd been dead for two years), and am amazed at how he captured not just the surface, but he essence of the eras he lived through.
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61 of 74 people found the following review helpful By David on March 21, 2013
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This is an absolutely amazing book, and a must buy for students of photography, particularly for fans of the school of street photography personified by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Lee Friedlander. Not only is the book a definitive catalog of Winogrand's oeuvre, but it's a matchless chronicle of mid-twentieth-century America as seen through the eyes of a true creative genius.

So why am I giving it only three stars? It doesn't even deserve four stars, for one simple reason: poor presentation. I'm not referring to the printing quality, which is pristine. And there's copious written material for those who want to delve further into the work.

Here's the problem: Winogrand worked in landscape format, for the most part, but this book is in portrait. Most of the pages contain a single horizontal image on the top half of the page, and nothing on the bottom half. I kid you not! Almost half of the page space in this book is solid white, which equates to wasted space in my book. And if you're holding it in your lap, it's the part that's nearest your eye.

Publishers: Why, oh why did you not print the book in landscape format? I would've given that five stars, no problem.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mike s. moore on August 15, 2013
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I've always been curious about Winogrand and was unfortunate to miss the show at SFMOMA, but this book certainly makes up for it, not only in the vast number of images to pour over [which may be the best way to view them anyway] but even more importantly in terms of the writings. Leo Rubinfien's essay is one of the best commentaries on the cultural changes from the fifties to the seventies I know of, and that's not even taking into consideration his excellent account of the life lived through those times by Garry. The other essays hold to the same standard; I can't recommend this highly enough to anyone even remotely interested in those times or this artist.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2013
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Garry Winogrand (1928 - 1984) was a street photographer known for his portrayal of America in the mid-20th century. John Szarkowski called him the central photographer of his generation. This book honors Winogrand as an accompaniment to his major retrospective and in addition to some 400 photographs there are well written notes and essays by Sarah Greenough, Erin O'Toole, Tod Papageorge, Sandra S. Phillips and editor/curator Leo Rubinfien.

From these notes we learn the following: `Widely acknowledged as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, Garry Winogrand was able to fix moments of everyday American life in the postwar era on film, producing an expansive picture of a nation rich with possibility yet threatening to spin out of control. He did much of his best-known work in New York in the 1960s, becoming a major voice of that tumultuous decade. But he also roamed widely around the United States, from California and Texas to Miami and Chicago. He photographed the rich and powerful and everyday strangers on the street; antiwar protesters and politicians; airports and zoos. In many of these pictures, humor and visual energy are the flip sides of an anxious instability. When he died suddenly at age 56, Winogrand left behind thousands of rolls of exposed but undeveloped film and unedited contact sheets -- some 250,000 frames in total. Nearly 100 of these pictures have been printed for the first time for this long-awaited retrospective of his work. By presenting such archival discoveries alongside celebrated pictures, Garry Winogrand reframes a career that was, like the artist's America, both epic and unresolved.'

The catalogue/book consists of more than 400 images derived largely from Winogrand's later days roaming the streets of Los Angeles with his Leicas.
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