Garry Winograndâ€”along with Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlanderâ€”was one of the most important photographers of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as one of the worldâ€™s foremost street photographers. Award-winning writer Geoff Dyer has admired Winograndâ€™s work for many years. Modeled on John Szarkowskiâ€™s classic book Atget, The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand is a masterfully curated selection of one hundred photographs from the Winogrand archive at the Center for Creative Photography, with each image accompanied by an original essay.
Dyer takes the viewer/reader on a wildly original journey through both iconic and unseen images from the archive, including eighteen previously unpublished color photographs. The book encompasses most of Winograndâ€™s themes and subjects and remains broadly faithful to the chronological and geographical facts of his life, but Dyerâ€™s responses to the photographs are unorthodox, eye-opening, and often hilarious. This inimitable combination of photographer and writer, images and text, itself offers what Dyer claims for Winograndâ€™s photographyâ€”an education in seeing.