[September 10 2014]
“The world isn’t tidy. It’s a mess. I don’t try to make it neat.” – Garry Winogrand.
There is no shortage of black and white photographers in New York City. It’s the ones like Gary Winogrand (1928-1984) that manage to chronicle the bleak undertones of living in a capitalist society that often resonate, slick at first sight but depicting an ostracized man in a wheelchair behind the ladies that lunch when you squint your parochial perspectives beyond the foreground. Inspired by Diane Arbus, Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander, this landmark retrospective of early and late work from Winogrand’s long reign as one of the USA’s best photographers. Featuring Manhattan images from the swinging sixties to nomadic shots gleaned around the country, this is a portrait of America from boom to bust, for better or for worse. The show runs until September 21st at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Text and photo Kate Atkinson