Central Park Zoo

 

Throughout my years studying photography at NSCAD there was one photographer whose work captured me among the many we studied. Garry Winogrand’s black and white street photography is an inspirational body of work.

Through his framing he created a social context leaving the viewer to question why he shot that particular frame and how. For example, in one photograph, "Central Park Zoo"(1967), he captures an interracial couple holding monkeys at the zoo as if they are their children. Millions of people believed he was addressing racial themes and when Garry was asked about his photographs he simply said "I don't have anything to say in any picture. My only interest in photography is to see what something looks like as a photograph. I have no preconceptions."

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Garry never answered to the fact that he had seemingly created questions with his framing and placement, but it is obvious that he wanted us to think about what we are looking at. Through a 35mm Garry Winogrand created work that will never be forgotten and will inspire the work of street photographers today.