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Subject: [Leica] For those in Holland and/or visiting Amsterdam during 14Jan thru 30 March
From: s.jessurun95 at (animal)
Date: Thu Jan 13 16:39:55 2005
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Thanks i did not know this.
simon jessurun
the netherlands

> just in case u haven't seen it:
> Fotografie Museum Amsterdam:
> Gary Winogrand
> and american street photographers Mitch Epstein, Lee
> Friedlander, Joel Meyerowitz, Henry Wessel.
> 14 January - 30 March
> Foam presents Garry Winogrand and the american street
> photographers, from 14 January to 30 March 2005.
> Besides showing Winogrand's principal works, the
> exhibition also features work by Lee Friedlander,
> Mitch Epstein, Joel Meyerowitz and Henry Wessel. The
> presentation provides a unique overview of one of the
> most influential movements in postwar photography,
> that of American street photography in the 1960s and
> '70s. Winogrand was beyond doubt the leading proponent
> of this movement, and one of the greatest
> photographers of the second half of the twentieth
> century. Averse to traditions and conventions he and
> his generation brought a new sense of visual order to
> the chaos of street life in the big city. New York
> City was their natural biotope, the place where they
> could record modern American culture. Intractable,
> radical, confrontational and innovative.
> Works by Winogrand are featured from his famous series
> 'Women are Beautiful', from 'The Animals' and
> individual pictures each of which has itself become an
> icon in photographic history. Unique works by
> Winogrand's close friends Friedlander and Wessel are
> shown, many of which have never appeared in the
> Netherlands before, including work from Friedlander's
> influential first series Self Portraits. Unique colour
> prints by Epstein and Meyerowitz from the same period
> are also shown, including exceptional vintage dye
> transfers. Garry Winogrand (1928-1989) has been hailed
> the ultimate chronicler of modern Amercian life since
> the early 1960s. Working exclusively with 35-mm film
> and natural light, Winogrand wandered the streets of
> New York every day photographing the people he
> encountered in his inimitable apparently accidental
> and unaffected way. He was obsessive, searching for
> his prey like a hunter, giving new meaning to the term
> 'snapshot'. His reply, when asked why he photographed,
> is famous: because he wanted to know what things
> looked like when they were photographed. For him, a
> photo was not a representation of something; it
> encapsulated in a simplified form an entire world.
> Beauty was never his aim: in many of his photos the
> horizon is crooked, the images are sharply cropped and
> the compositions are bizarre. Yet they capture life in
> the metropolis like never before. Many of his photos
> are simultaneously satirical, humorous and disturbing.
> Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) was one of Winogrand's
> closest friends and a photographer of comparable
> stature. He also earned his spurs in the early 1960s
> as a leading photographer of modern America. His
> complex, multi-layered images combine commentary on
> American society with a critical approach to the
> two-dimensional character of the photographic surface,
> thereby undermining contemporary visual conventions.
> Typical of his work is his ability to show objects and
> people in puzzling, even surrealist arrangements. Even
> more than Winogrand, Friedlander plays an intellectual
> game with the viewer. A highlight is his Self Portrait
> series, taken in 1970.
> Henry Wessel (b. 1942) was another friend of
> Winogrand. In 1973 he held his first solo exhibition
> at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work is
> less rough and coarse than Winogrand's. His photos are
> more like considered observations of life in the
> United States. Whereas Winogrand and Friedlander
> focused specifically on real people and relationships,
> Wessel's subjects are often the typical American
> settings themselves.
> Joel Meyerowitz (b. 1938) is another of the original
> street photographers. In the 1960s he wandered the
> streets of New York together with his hero Winogrand.
> Above all, Meyerowitz championed the use of colour
> photography. Unique items include the so-called dye
> transfers he made in the '60s and '70s. A number of
> authentic prints from this period are shown in the
> exhibition. Meyerowitz has also written several books,
> including Bystander: A History of Street Photography.
> Mitch Epstein (b. 1952) represents a slightly later
> generation of American street photographers. In the
> 1970s he took lessons from Winogrand, who became a
> major influence on his work. After a long journey
> through the United States he returned to the East
> Coast in 1974. This exhibition features colour prints
> from Epstein's early years.
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