This comprehensive monograph spans three and a half decades, concentrating on the photographs that form the core of Winogrand’s vision. Fewer than half of the images have been published before. Seen together, these images make a clear case for Szarkowski’s claim that Winogrand was “the central photographer of his generation.” With an introduction by Fran Lebowitz and an essay by Ben Lifson.
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.—Garry Winogrand, from The Man in the Crowd