Garry Winogrand - Photographs New York Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Robert Mann Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Bishop, Women Are Beautiful
    Stack, Winogrand: 1964, p. 265
    Szarkowski, Winogrand: Figments from the Real World, pp. 21, 25, 27, 90, 104-111
    T.F. Editores, Garry Winogrand: The Game of Photography, cover and pp. 16, 75, 77-79, 81, 85-86, 89-90, 92-93, 116-117

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I suspect that I respond to their energies, how they stand and move their bodies and faces. In the end, the photographs are descriptions of poses or attitudes that give an idea, a hint of their energies. After all, I do not know the women in these photographs. Not their names, work, or lives. 'Women Are Beautiful'” is a good title for this book because they are." - Garry Winogrand

    Known for his snapshot aesthetic, Garry Winogrand’s powerful oeuvre of street photography captured everything from political leaders, a day at the zoo, and his love of women. His acute interest in photographing women in public places began at the start of the 1960s and continued into the 1970s before culminating in his 1975 publication, Women Are Beautiful. Utilizing a wide angled lens enabled Winogrand the freedom to shoot quickly and decisively while preserving all the desired visual information in the frame. Stylistically it allowed for a candid quality, showcasing the essence of women in the way they laugh, dress, and walk. Winogrand’s fascination and preoccupation with women transcended typical admiration as John Szarkowski noted in Winogrand: Figments from the Real World: “… women represented neither pleasure nor companionship, but magic power.” The eighty-five images that are comprised in Women Are Beautiful, both in the original book publication and the portfolio on offer here, showcase the artist’s adoration and keen eye.

Property from a Private Collection, Miami


Women Are Beautiful

New York: RFG Publishing, Inc., 1981. Eighty-five gelatin silver prints.
Each approximatly 8 3/4 x 13 in. (22.2 x 33 cm) or the reverse.
Each signed, numbered 11/80 in pencil on the verso. Numbered 11 in ink on the colophon. Together with title pages and essay by the artist. Accompanied by a white, buckram bound album with mylar sleeves and matching slipcase, both with black printed titles. Number 11 from an edition of 80, plus 20 artist's proofs.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $50,000

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New York 4 April 2017