Photography News: Barter, Winogrand, 4×5, collodion

3 thoughts on “Photography News: Barter, Winogrand, 4×5, collodion”

  1. I watched that video of Garry Winogrand (twice!) yesterday. Personally, I’ve always liked Winogrand’s work the best of all of the masters of street photography. Although I appreciate the craftsmanship between Cartier-Bresson’s work, and the storytelling of Robert Frank, there’s something about Winogrand that really pulls you into the shot. Maybe it’s because his locations look so familiar to me.

    One of the amazing things about this particular video is that he looks so insecure each time he takes a shot. But he keeps right on shooting! I think that’s how he produced such an amazing body of work.

    A few years ago I saw another, similar, documentary on Winogrand where he was walking around and shooting along Venice Beach. If anyone ever sees it on one of the free video sites, I’d love to know about it.


  2. I love the part in the video where the people at the sidewalk cafe ask Winogrand why/what he’s shooting for.

    If you haven’t checked out Bystander: A History of Street Photography, it’s definitely worth reading. Maybe once I’m done exploring the New Topographics photographers, I’ll see what Winogrand books I can dig up through interlibrary loan.


  3. Yes, Bystander was one of the two books that really lit my photography fire about ten years ago (the other was David Plowden’s “Small Town America”). I highly recommend both of them.


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