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For photographers the street is a moving figure and its very essence is the leitmotiv of their work. Hence, they capture streets and pedestrians the way they are.
In fact, like the subjects photographed in streets, the urban landscape is a living figure that personifies the essence of streets. This essay discusses and compares several photographs of two famous street photographers called Garry Winogrand and Vivian Maier. The aim is to weight the pros and cons of what they have in common and what the major differences in their work are in order to draw conclusions. As a teenager, he went to City College and Columbia University, where he studied art.
In parallel, he attended the New School for Social Research where he learned about photojournalism and started to take pictures. During his life, he obtained three times the Guggenheim Fellowship award2 and published four volumes3. Nowadays, Garry Winogrand is considered as one of the major figures in the history of Street Photography because of the richness of his work and his distinctive style. His art is easily recognizable due to the wide- angle vision that he created thanks to the use of a 28mm lens in order to get a better depth of field.
Vivian Maier was born in the Bronx too but has a very different background as she was Austro-Hungarian and French by the lineage of her parents. During her life, she never published or even shown her work to anybody and the reasons why she decided to keep her work private remained a mystery. In an estate agent called John Maloof discovered her as he was working on a book project about the Portage Park district in Chicago.
During an auction sale he bought several boxes of Vivian filled of photographic films and few cameras. The lack of information about her past did not allow historians to reconstruct her story.
Yet, we know that she passed most of her youth in France and when she returned to the U. S she started to work as a nanny. She was an amateur and used to take her photographs with her Rolleiflex camera, which explains why her pictures have a square frame 6x6. Her posthumous discovery brought a breath of fresh air in the history of Street Photography. What is interesting about doing a comparative analysis of Garry Winogrand and Vivian Maier is that they not only took pictures during the 60's, but also in the same great American cities such as New York and Chicago.
As a matter of fact, the Sixties period was a turning point in the USA and historians often refer to it as a historical period that shaped the country. The election of John Kennedy in and the spreading of the Civil Rights Movement paved the way for great changes in the political and social landscape of America.
Vivian Maier and Garry Winogrand both left large amounts of undeveloped film and negatives. About 2, of exposed but undeveloped film and 4, undeveloped rolls4 of Garry Winogrand5 were found while Vivian Maier left , negatives, 2, undeveloped rolls of back-and-white film and rolls of undeveloped colour film6. What remains of their work tells a lot about their common frenetic need to take a lot of pictures and thus, their addiction to photograph the soul of the streets.
Even though they both experienced colour in their later work, the essay only focuses on the black and white pictures. Interestingly, their color photographs are similar in terms of chromatic treatment as their pictures in colors look like paintings.
Moreover, there is always a sharp contrast between touches of primary sometimes pastels colors and grey hues. If this essay only focuses on their black and white portraits in the street they both tried other photography genre. Garry Winogrand photographed animals while Vivian Maier took a lot of self-portraits in shop windows or mirrors. An art ruled by irony and the unpredictable This compared analysis starts from the most common elements to less obvious ones in the aim of bringing a fresh perspective to their work.
What they first have in common in their work is the color treatment. They both did non-contrast or high contrasted images with dark and bright areas that give a particular intensity and identity to their photographs.
However, their style differs in terms of scale and angle as they use very distinct media. If Garry Winogrand's wide angle photographs are often slightly tilted, those of Vivian Maier are always straight with a square frame due to the camera she used.
In the image, her whole body is in motion; her hair and dress are floating in the air and she is closing her bag. The angle from which the picture is taken is not exactly an eye-level shot since the lady is seen from below. Even though she is decentred, the viewer's eye is drawn to her at the right-hand side of the picture as she appears in sharp focus on the foreground.
The discrepancy between the meaning of the sign and the action creates a paradox in the scene. In a way, the irony in the picture illustrates the hazardous aspect of life. Through his lens, Garry Winogrand liked to emphasize the absurdity and unpredictability of everyday life. This is especially relevant for Garry Winogrand's work as he always focuses on fleeting moments such as someone walking, falling down, or smiling for instance.
If their works are similar in terms of aesthetics their point of view differs in terms of content. In fact, the main difference between Garry Winogrand and Vivian Maier resides in their depiction of life. In the documentary Finding Vivian Maier7 directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, the people interviewed often said that she was shy, very private and sometimes rude with the children she looked after.
This explains why she used to depict mankind, and especially men, in a skeptical manner. In fact, the usual square frame Vivian Maier used seems to fit with her skepticism and inability to talk with people as she ultimately confines subjects in her frame.
Thus, it automatically gives a sense of superiority to the subjects and in some cases distorts their body. In fact, the slight low-angle distorts the man's body as he looks even bigger. This effect is especially relevant in these two pictures. Moreover, as the subjects are looking at Vivian and do not look straight to the camera the viewer never meets their gaze.
July 29, Chicago April 19, Chicago Despite the fact the two photographs are taken from an oblique view the viewer's eye is drawn to the subjects due to sharp focus on them. Here, the urban elements are predominant as they fill the background. In Street Photography there is always an interaction between the static background and the lively foreground. Even if historians have no idea of what exactly happened to Miss Maier she has probably been a victim of sexual assault, which would explain why she was terrified at the idea of meeting a man.
Despite the fact she was reluctant to men in general, there is nonetheless no hierarchy between men and women in her art.
In other words, she puts them onto the same level, which is somehow a form of establishing equality. Even though she was described as a timid person she was not shy to come closer to her subjects; which is quite paradoxical in a way.
The depiction of women Moving on to their personal depiction of women raises the issue of dynamism in terms of composition. It is interesting to confront their vision since they are not from the same sex and do not portray women in the same way as they portray men.
Garry Winogrand used to depict women with the aim of enhancing their beauty. As a matter of fact, he even dedicated a whole book to women called Women are Beautiful in which he praises their beauty.
On the contrary, Vivian Maier made no distinction between men and women as she tended to capture them in the same way. However, she used to photograph women from their back. Woman walking, hair blowing across face, December 2, She is in the foreground and the frame crops her left foot.
On the right-hand side of the picture there are two men wearing suits. Even though they are in the background they seem very close to the lady due to the slight high angle that spoils the figure and proxemics proportions. In this photograph, the lady is the focal point not only because she is in motion, but also because the men are looking at her.
Thus, the eyes are drawn to her. Street photography primarily aims to capture the life on the street, or anywhere in public, for that matter.
Street photography presents its own set of challenges when it comes to photographing people. Once you overcome your fear of photographing strangers, you are sure to be rewarded with memorable street photos that capture emotion and tell a story. Here are some guides and eBooks on the topic — three of them from Photzy. Do check them out. This guide by photographer Kent DuFault introduces you to street photography and then goes on to discuss two methods to capture street photos, with practical tips that you can follow for each of the two methods.
The last section summarizes some handy tips that you should keep in mind when doing street photography. A lot of people find photographing strangers unnerving for the fear of being confronted or being objected to while taking photos in such a situation. This guide not only addresses that topic, but also provides you with different approaches when photographing strangers, e.
This guide by street photographer Diane Wehr tries to look at the answers to the all-important question in street photography: Should you ask to take their picture or not? The author examines the question from different perspectives: Read the guide to know about the different scenarios when you might have to tackle this question. Thomas Leuthard is a street photographer who is known for his adept storytelling through his street images.
In this eBook, he writes about his approach to street photography full with inputs based on his experiences all through these years. He has written two more eBooks on street photography: Collecting Souls and Street Faces.