Central Park Zoo, New York
Courtesy of the Estate of Garry Winogrand and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
© Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
One of the most prolific photographers of the twentieth century, Garry Winogrand famously said that he took pictures simply to see what things looked like framed by the camera: "A photograph is not what was photographed, it's something else."
Represented in depth in SFMOMA's celebrated photography collection, his work is currently the subject of a comprehensive traveling retrospective, co-organized by the museum, that will bring his compelling pictures of postwar America to audiences on two continents. Winogrand favored images of street life — candid but carefully composed snapshots of the people and places that populated his New York-centered world. Among his most prominent works are pictures from his Animals series, which showcases relationships between people and beasts.
Winogrand's career honors include multiple fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and his work is included in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and George Eastman House.