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Photographic Retrospective

August 21, 2014
Garry Winogrand at The Met

Native New Yorker Garry Winogrand isn’t just any old influential and prodigious photographer (New York is home to many) – ousting most of his contemporaries in post-war America in sheer dedication alone, he tirelessly clicked his shutter and impressively amassed more than 26,000 rolls of film, before selecting to print only those he deemed the best composed. And up until now, no retrospective of the avid shutterbug’s work has been as comprehensive as the one currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The show is collectively curated by fellow photographer Leo Rubinfien, San Francisco MOMA’s Erin O’Toole, and the National Gallery of Art’s Sarah Greenough, and serves as a compact edit of some of the artist’s most iconic photos – from an archive of 250,000 freeze frames, only 200 pieces are on view. The featured oeuvre has been divided into 3 distinct periods: the first, ‘Down from the Bronx’, presents Winogrand’s earliest work, most of which recorded moments in ‘50s and ‘60s New York, like snapshots from the 1964 World’s Fair. ‘A Student of America’ showcases snippets of Winogrand’s own travels, while ‘Boom and Bust’ features his later shots, including a handful of not-seen prints that the artist left unprinted. Photo-genius!

Until September 21.

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