Friday, March 8, 2013

400 unseen images culled from 6500 undeveloped film rolls by street photographer Garry Winogrand in first retrospective in nearly 30 years

Sailor, 1950, New York City. Photo: Garry Winogrand
Following his 1984 death, celebrated street photographer Garry Winogrand left behind almost 6,500 rolls of undeveloped film:

Now his old friend and student Leo Rubinfien, along with Erin O'Toole, a curator at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, and Sarah Greenough, senior curator of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, have mined this trove to produce the first major Winogrand retrospective in almost three decades. The touring exhibit—which kicked off at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this week—and accompanying catalog consist of more than 400 images derived largely from Winogrand's later days roaming the streets of Los Angeles with his Leicas. While he may be best known for his New York City scenes, these photos prove that Winogrand's wry eye could unpack the social complexities of Cold War America no matter where he prowled...

The year before the above picture was taken, Life photographer J.R. Eyerman photographed gay movie star Montgomery Clift with infrared film in a screening room watching (and squirming) for two hours over his performance in The Heiress, for which costar Olivia de Havilland won her second Oscar.

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