As my French teacher knows I’m passionated about photography, on our last lesson for this year, she had collected some articles about the current photography exhibitions in Paris. After all, Paris Photo 2014, was held at Grand Palais three weeks ago so there are plenty of exhibitions to visit all over in Paris for the moment.
However, the photographer who caught my interest was the American photographer Garry Winogrand, so I decided to see his exhibition, held at the art center, Jeu de Paume, hosting Garry Winogrands first retrospective. Luckily, on Tuesday evenings, they are open until 21h, perfect for me who works until LATE…BUT just around the corner, Place de Madeleine.
I love street photography, it documents real life..not everybody have the ability to capture the true moments and I admire those who can, among them Winogrand which is considered to be in the same leage as the American photographers Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander and the French photographers Robert Doisneau, Marc Riboud and Willy Ronis, just to mention a few.
He died at a young age, only 56 and left behind over 6 500 rolls of film, 250 000 images that he had never seen and many of them you can now see in this exhibition together with some of his iconic photos.
This is an exhibition worth seeing and you’ve got until February 8th 2015 ;-)
Garry Winogrand exhibition at Jeu de Paume – 1, Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris
Below you’ll find a selection of my favourite photos taken by Garry Winogrand:
“The world isn’t tidy; it’s a mess. I don’t try to make it neat” – Garry Winogrand
“When I’m photographing I see life. That’s what I deal with,”
“I look at the pictures I have done up to now, and they make me feel that who we are and what we feel and what is to become of us just doesn’t matter. Our aspirations and successes have become cheap and petty. I read the newspapers, the columnists, some books, I look at the magazines (our press). They all deal in illusions and fantasies. I can only conclude that we have lost ourselves, and that the bomb may finish the job permanently, and it just doesn’t matter, we have not loved life. I cannot accept my conclusions, and so I must continue this photographic investigation further and deeper.