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In discussing the recent Winogrand book with one of my friends, he noted that when he shows Winogrand’s work to students, they seem to think that he just “got lucky” in making the pictures he did.

 

Villanovoa Victory Parade, 1985

Villanovoa Victory Parade, 1985

 

Having tried to make a few street photographs myself, back in the early 1980’s when I was living in Philadelphia, I can tell you that Winogrand  did get lucky—at least in my experience, it’s impossible to control much of anything happening inside any given frame—but one can look for good light, for a place where there seems to be some action, and wait and watch for something to happen—one person that strikes your eye, doing something interesting, and then snap the picture.

Villanova Victory Parade, Philadelphia, 1985

Villanova Victory Parade, Philadelphia, 1985

Looking through my box marked “Street Pictures”, I found these three pictures—my fake Winogrand’s—but in looking at them, I see how much I had to cheat to get them—the people are in crowds, not moving much—but I learned a lot by making them—mostly respect for how hard it is to pull a camera out and point it in the faces of strangers—but how rewarding it is to see them, now nearly 30 years later—the college students in these pictures are my age—they are probably old and gray like me now…

 

Beach Boys Concert, Philadelphia July 4, 1985

Beach Boys Concert, Philadelphia July 4, 1985

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