Friday, January 11, 2019

Street Resurfacing Project

John Sypal recently sent me a photocopy of this old interview with Garry Winogrand, conducted by Charles Hagen. It was originally published in Afterimage in December 1977, just before Winogrand's 50th birthday, and arguably near the peak of his career. Some of the photos included are recognizable from Public Relations which had just been published, and Stock Photographs, which would come out a few years later. Maybe they looked ok in the original magazine, but here they're severely degraded by multiple copy/scans. So it's probably best to ignore them and just enjoy the text, which is chock full of interesting nuggets. To the best of my knowledge this is not online elsewhere. For serious photo nerds only!



11 comments:

Martín Molinero said...

Thanks!!!

Stephen said...

Thanks Blake.

Justin Partyka said...

I am one of those nerds! Many thanks.

Justin Partyka said...

I had no idea he had worked in Greece. Perhaps I had missed that being mentioned in the books.

So where are those photographs? Is a GW Greece book in the making unbeknownst to all of us. Suddenly out it will pop from the land of Steidl. That would be nice.

matty said...

Inspirational. It's awe-inspiring how far ahead of everyone else he still is in his thinking. Thank you so much, Blake & John, for this.

Blake Andrews said...

Justin, I have no idea where the Greek stuff is. I think all his negs have been examined, so presumably someone out there has seen those photos. But it's just speculation at this point.

marialando said...

Thank you, Blake - this is SO good on so many levels. His insights into the difference between what's interesting when he shoots vs. what's a subsequently interesting photograph, for example, and the pure Winogrand of the Austin story about the supermarket.

John said...

Glad you and everyone else are enjoying it. There's a lot to take in- - I'd like to see the Greece and beadspread pictures, too.

Stan B. said...

I distinctly remember reading back in the day (pretty sure it was the NY TIMES) a reviewer commenting on Winogrand's trip to Greece, saying that, "Yes, he can make photos that look like Winogrand photos even in Greece."

https://www.google.com/search?q=garry+winogrand+greece+photos&client=firefox-b-1&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiP58r8ne7fAhXn0FQKHcKpC8wQsAR6BAgDEAE&biw=1920&bih=947#imgrc=O7uGHfk4fdg4RM:

Nishad said...

Thanks for sharing! Even the caricatures of the photographs are interesting :P

Federico Rubio said...

Great post, Blake.