Garry Winogrand was one of America's most important postwar photographers. A traveling exhibition by the National Gallery of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art brings his work back to life.
In an exhibit simply titled Garry Winogrand, viewers are treated to a thorough retrospective of his photography, including some of the shots he never got around to printing. (When Winogrand died in 1984, the 56-year-old photographer left behind 6,500 rolls of undeveloped film.)
His work captures an America that wavered from post-WWII optimism to post-Vietnam despair. Born in the Bronx, his early work focuses on an energetic New York City. In the 1970s and up to his death, Winogrand explored the rest of the country, photographing the people and places he discovered in a way that expresses a far gloomier perspective. That despair is especially noticeable in some of his Los Angeles work from the 1980s.
Garry Winogrand is the first retrospective of the former commercial and travel photographer in 25 years. Starting at SFMOMA in 2013, the exhibit is currently at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. until June 8. Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art will host in next, starting June 27.