Culture

In Transit: On Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) BY Sarah Greenough, Erin O'Toole, Tod Papageorge, Sandra S. Phillips. edited by Leo Rubinfien. Yale University Press. Hardcover, 448 pages. $85.

I didn’t make it to the huge Garry Winogrand retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco but if the very large catalogue is anything to go by the show was obviously … not nearly big enough!​ How could it have been? Winogrand is inexhaustible. There’s probably more to look at in a Winogrand photo than in one by anyone else (part of the attraction of a wide-angle lens was the way it enabled him not only to get more people in the picture but also to cram the frame, so to speak, with the space between them) and still we want more photographs. He shot more film than almost any other photographer, so much that he was unable to keep up with the editing, gradually gave up trying to do so and, by the end, had pretty much stopped looking at – or processing – what he’d shot.