KING OF THE STREET
The Jeu de Paume in Paris is staging the most comprehensive exhibition of Garry Winogrand’s work in the country for the past 25 years. Considered one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Winograd (&1928–1984&) died brutally at the age of 56 in Tijuana, Mexico, leaving some 6,500 rolls of undeveloped film — a total of 250,000 photos. He studied painting before training as a journalist at the New School for Social Research. In 1952, he discovered the work of Walker Evans, then that of Robert Frank. They showed him just how powerful photography was as a direct witness, without a word of commentary, especially when it captures street life as and when it happens. In 1963, his work was shown at the MoMa in New York, then at the George Eastman House alongside other street photographers such as Lee Friedlander, Duane Michals and Bruce Davidson. And yet his photos all seem to capture the incredible hubbub of everyday life that is so peculiar to the streets of New York, just as they do the vast American panorama of his travels across the US. According to Leo Rubinfien, a photographer and essayist who was part of his closest circle of friends in the 1960s, Winogrand was continually fascinated by “the emergence of a form of prosperity and isolation of the suburbs. Half of his work, the sensitive half, reflects the hope and energy of the American post–war middle classes. The other half gives off a feeling of decay and decline”. JEU DE PAUME (!Paris!), from 14th October 2014
to 8th February 2015.