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“Garry Winogrand 1964”

International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)

How often have you taken a picture that’s not at all what you’d seen? This never happened to Garry Winogrand. Or it happened all the time. He knew that “the photograph isn’t what was photographed. It’s something else. It’s a new fact.” Winogrand never staged anything. He had a restless nature, a restless eye, and was so often on the move that he almost always managed to be in the right place at the right time. In the fall of ’63 he applied for, and received, a Guggenheim fellowship, intending to drive cross-country and take pictures along the way. He was propelled as much by a need to be in motion as by his despair at the state of the world. In the statement of intent he’d written: “I look at the pictures I have done up to now, and they make me feel that who we are and how we feel and what is to become of us just doesn’t matter.” But at the close of his statement he would stake his claim:

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