The Gospel According to Garry, #1

Garry Winogrand, the man who had a major exhibit from beyond the grave, said photographers should do three things: shoot a lot, get critiqued, and look at intelligent work.

Let’s consider the last first. What’s a lot? Winogrand wasn’t specific, although he himself was known to burn through twenty rolls a day with his Leica. Typically we aim for a roll of film, minimum, per project in class (more when we take an entire day out of school for a field trip). Some of us are dissatisfied with negatives and shoot more; others among us simply want more frames from which to choose, and augment what they have as a regular practice. In Garry’s words (I call him Garry), “The more I do, the more I do. It’s a pleasure.”

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