People are flocking to The National Gallery of Art to see Garry Winogrand’s larger than life photographs that peak curiosity in us all. Winogrand gives us everything from the way the wind blows a woman’s hair to a kissing couple tucked away from a crowd, and Washingtonians are taking it all in. Yesterday, we visited to select our favorite pieces and learn more about the gifted photographer, Winogrand, that was truly ahead of his time.
The exhibition is split into three parts: Down From The Bronx, A Student in America, and Boom and Bust. Winogrand began his career mainly photographing people in New York City between Macy’s on 34th Street and Central Park. Two of our absolute favorite pieces from the 1950’s are Coney Island and Metropolitan Opera (shown below).
We were also captivated by the shots he took of couples, which focused primarily on those who were physically close, but seemed to set themselves apart from the rest of the world such as, Central Park Zoo from 1962 and Empire State Building from 1960. The Bust and Boom phase of the exhibit was interesting in that it featured a time in which Winogrand would focus on people who had suffered trauma or those he felt were overlooked by society. Two of my personal favorites from this final phase of the exhibit are Drew Barrymore at the Academy Awards from 1963 and Farmer Market from 1980. I highly recommend this exhibit not only for art fanatics, but also as a wonderful way to support our National Gallery of Art.
National Gallery of Art
6th and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20565