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.....I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed. - Garry Winogrand

The photo is a thing in itself. And that's what still photography is all about. - Garry Winogrand

There is no special way a photograph should look. - Garry Winogrand

You see something happening and you bang away at it. Either you get what you saw or you get something else--and whichever is better you print. - Garry Winogrand

I have a burning desire to see what things look like photographed by me. - Garry Winogrand -

There is nothing as mysterious as a fact clearly described I like to think of photographing as a two way act of respect. Respect for the medium, by letting it do what it does best, describe. And respect for the subject, by describing it as it is. A photograph must be responsible to both. - Garry Winogrand

What I write here is a description of what I have come to understand about photography, from photographing and from looking at photographs. A work of art is that thing whose form and content are organic to the tools and materials that made it. Still photography is a chemical, mechanical process. Literal description or the illusion of literal description, is what the tools and materials of still photography do better than any other graphic medium. A still photograph is the illusion of a literal description of how a camera saw a piece of time and space. Understanding this, one can postulate the following theorem: Anything and all things are photographable. A photograph can only look like how the camera saw what was photographed. Or, how the camera saw the piece of time and space is responsible for how the photograph looks. Therefore, a photograph can look any way. Or, there's no way a photograph has to look (beyond being an illusion of a literal description). Or, there are no external or abstract or preconceived rules of design that can apply to still photographs. I like to think of photographing as a two-way act of respect. Respect for the medium, by letting it do what it does best, describe. And respect for the subject, by describing as it is. A photograph must be responsible to both. - Garry Winogrand -

I really try to divorce myself from any thought of possible use of this stuff. Thatís part of the discipline. My only purpose while Iím working is to try to make interesting photographs, and what to do with them is another act Ė a alter consideration. Certainly while Iím working, I want them to be as useless as possible. - Garry Winogrand ,

How do I say it? The way I would put it is that I get totally out of myself. Itís the closest I come to not existing, I think, which is the best--which is to me attractive. - Garry Winogrand -

Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts. - Garry Winogrand

I like to think of photographing as a two way act of respect. Respect for the medium by letting it do what it does best, describe. And respect for the subject by describing it as it is. A photograph must be responsible to both. I photograph to see what things look like photographed. - Garry Winogrand

Youíve got to deal with how photographs look, whatís there, not how theyíre made. - Garry Winogrand ,

Photos have no narrative content. They only describe light on surface - Garry Winogrand

A photograph can look any way. - Garry Winogrand

Photographers mistake the emotion they feel while taking the picture as judgment that the photograph is good. - Garry Winogrand

Great photography is always on the edge of failure. - Garry Winogrand

Every photograph is a battle of form versus content. - Garry Winogrand


Well, I'm not going to get into that. I think that those kind of distinctions and lists of titles like "street photographer" are so stupid. I'm a photographer, a still photographer. That's it. - Garry Winogrand

* Aristotelous Square (Greek: Πλατεία Αριστοτέλους, Aristotle Square) is the main city square of Thessaloniki, more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristotelous_Square

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