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Garry Winogrand was born in New York City in 1928 he became interested in photography in the late 1940s when he was in the United States Air Force When he was done his term of duty he went on to City College in New York City to study painting A year later he went to Columbia University to study both painting and photography There he met George Zimbel a student and photographer for the Columbia Spectator the university newspaper Zimbel introduced Garry to the darkroom in the college which was open twenty-four hours a day This was the first time Garry had been exposed to the process of photography and it amazed him Within two weeks he dropped his painting classes Winogrand started off experimenting with Graphlex Rolleicord and Kodak 35 but had a better love for the Leica He lived with his parents in the Bronx during the two-year period when his photography didnt gain him any income By the early 1950s Winogrand was taken on as a stringer a freelance photographer for the Pix agency where his friend George Zimbel was also working The people at Pix recommended Winogrand to the photographer representative Henrietta Brackman Winogrand arrived at his interview with Brackman with four piles of prints that reached from floor to desktop During the mid-fifties Colliers Argosy Pageant Redbook Men Gentry Climax and Sports Illustrated published Winogrands pictures Winogrands work was still formed completely by his own insightful response to work in the magazines He was uneducated in the history of photography and the history of much else Photography was a kind of magic for which he had a taste and a talent It is not clear that he ever then considered the question of whether it was useful Late in 1955 Winogrand made his first independent excursion across the country because of a vague sense that there were pictures to take out there When Winogrands friend found
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