- Hardcover: 165 pages
- Publisher: Fraenkel Gallery (January 2, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1881337057
- ISBN-13: 978-1881337058
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Man in the Crowd: The Uneasy Streets of Garry Winogrand Hardcover – January 2, 1999
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From Library Journal
Winogrand (192884) belongs to a group of early explorers of that borderland between documentary and art photography, sharing space with Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, and Diane Arbus and building on the work of Walker Evans and Weegee. Yet despite a 1988 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art and a huge influence on a younger generation of art photographers, he remains underappreciated by the general public. Hopefully, this lavish publication, concentrating on his most important body of work, the street scenes, will begin to change that. Winogrand took the workaday street tableau and revealed there an intensity and humanity as clear as in any image in a museum. The majority of the 107 photos capture New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and they now serve the purpose of a time capsule. But more than that they evoke a timeless spirit of individual alive in the city. Highly recommended for all photography collections.Eric Bryant, Library Journal
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Each image is filled with detail, rich gestures and complex motifs. The best have a certain mystery and evocative power. -- The New York Times Book Review, Jake Miller
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It takes you forever to get through this book as you sit and look at each picture for a long, long time. How revealing are the faces, the postures, and the gestures; each shot prompts you to weave a story around the captured event. Winogrand seems to be made up of equal portions of Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, and Andre Kertesz (if you are unfamiliar with any of these folks, and you like Winogrand, you had better check them out). The saddest thing is that almost all of Winogrand's books are out of print. This is a breathtaking collection of his work.
Regretfully, the printing quality of this book stinks. The duotone curve they used for this book is all messed up. Many photos end up looking like sepia prints rather than a black and white print. There are few pure, deep, dark blacks in the book. Instead you get this black-brown color which is really ugly and does a disservice to GW's work. True, Winogrand himself said "anyone who can print a photo can print my work" downplaying the importance of the printing process. And while the poor reproductions in this book does not take away from the strength of the photos, I still find it annoying and most of all...UGLY. All I can hope for is another book of Winogrand's work to be published. With all his millions of negatives, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
While many of the photos have never been published before, the real impact of the book is the effect of the collection it contains. All the photographs in the book are from the continuing body of work Winogrand did out in the city streets. Seeing the work assembeled like this points out the incredible ability he had to react to events which happened far faster than the conscious mind could comprehend.
This collection also illustrates the pure delight Garry Winogrand found in his subject matter. There is no condecension for the subjects lifestyle, no laughing at the situations they willingly place themselves into. What we come to appreciate is the pure joy and amazement Garry found that so many events and emotions can co-exist in such fleeting moments of time.
This is a book I will spend many many hours enjoying.