Sneak peek: Garry Winogrand at the National Gallery

Garry Winogrand's America was fraught with ambiguity. The street photographer, subject of a new retrospective opening Sunday at the National Gallery of Art's West Building, photographed the highs and lows of postwar America, with a lot of room for the in-between. Brooding anxiety is tempered by accidental humor, and the tension in mundane scenes is elevated by Winogrand's often tilted horizons.

This show is special because a third of the images on display were found among the thousands of rolls of film that Winogrand had never developed before his death. It is the most complete presentation of Winogrand's vision, and like the photographer's legacy, it provides more questions than answers. Here are a few images to look forward to:


Garry Winogrand
"New York World's Fair," 1964.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Dr. L.F. Peede, Jr.
© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Garry Winogrand
"Albuquerque, New Mexico," 1958 [1957?].
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase
© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Garry Winogrand
"Los Angeles," 1980-1983
The Garry Winogrand Archive, Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona
© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Garry Winogrand
"New York," c. 1969
Posthumous print made from original negative on the occasion of the Garry Winogrand exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, courtesy Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona
© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Garry Winogrand
"Coney Island, New York," c. 1952.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase and gift of Barbara Schwartz in memory of Eugene M. Schwartz
© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Garry Winogrand
"Park Avenue, New York," 1959.
National Gallery of Art, Patrons' Permanent Fund
© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
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