Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful Opens January 29

Groundbreaking photos on view at the Denver Art Museum

(Denver, Colo.) — December 19, 2011 — The Denver Art Museum (DAM) presents a selection of 50 photographs from the museum’s permanent collection in Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful. The masterworks are culled from the hundreds that Garry Winogrand took of women on the street, a selection of which were published in the 1975 book Women are Beautiful. The exhibition will be on view January 29 through September 16, 2012, in the Delisa and Anthony Mayer Photography Gallery on level seven of the North Building.

“Winogrand is one of the great American photographers who changed the way we think about photography,” said Eric Paddock, DAM curator of photography. “His photos of unposed subjects act as small windows into a time of great change in our society. There were no special studio lights or makeup, just honest photos of people going about their daily lives.”

In the late 1960s and early 1970s Winogrand explored the creative possibilities of photographing on the streets or in crowds. When he sensed the composition of a picture falling into place, Winogrand would quickly raise his camera to his eye and take candid photos of anonymous people. He used a 35mm Leica camera that enabled him to photograph quickly and freely. Often he focused on women—in parks, getting into cars, at parties, exiting stores—creating photographs that highlighted the changing role of women and, at times, the uncertainty of their new place. Winogrand took hundreds of photographs like this, and in 1975 a small selection was chosen for a book called Women are Beautiful. The DAM has a substantial group of these masterful photographs in the museum’s permanent collection.

About Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand, 1928-1984, was born in New York, where he lived and worked during much of his life. Winogrand photographed the visual cacophony of the city street, people, rodeos, airports and animals in zoos. These subjects are among his most exalted and influential work. Winogrand was the recipient of numerous grants, including several Guggenheim Fellowships and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His work has been the subject of many museums and gallery exhibits and was included in the 1967 New Documents exhibition, curated by John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art. Biography courtesy of the Fraenkel Gallery.

Image credit:

Garry Winogrand, Woman Riding Bicycle, 1975. Gelatin silver print. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Shore, 1984.319.9. © The Estate of Garry Winogrand; courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.