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Challenge: Garry Winogrand (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Ricoh GR Digital III
Date: Feb 11, 2014
Date Uploaded: Feb 13, 2014


Place: 43 out of 57
Avg (all users): 5.5294
Avg (commenters): 8.1250
Avg (participants): 5.5833
Avg (non-participants): 5.4898
Views since voting: 335
Views during voting: 217
Votes: 85
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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02/28/2014 06:02:10 AM
truly a family affair captured forever
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02/24/2014 12:15:50 AM
how did I not know? city of the ciggie. why is this not at the top?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2014 09:03:03 PM
Garry a la bvy
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02/23/2014 02:41:31 PM
perfect shot
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02/23/2014 09:03:46 AM
Glad you left this in color. Different perspective for the challenge.
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02/22/2014 11:20:53 PM
This is the best.. the interactions are priceless. The smoke, the casualness, and the laugh. Very well done. bump.
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02/22/2014 09:44:44 PM
A stripe lover and more. Effective candid with unexpected visual relationships among the seeming randomness.
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02/22/2014 06:53:26 AM
This is a modern iteration of a Winogrand classic: the famous image of the mixed race couple with the monkeys. Not a re-creation, mind you; that's too easy. This is more of a subtle nostalgic nod from two generations' distance.

The power of that original Winogrand shot wasn't so much the monkeys-as-children (although some commentators saw some unpleasant symbolism in that). It was the very idea of a mixed race couple, each of them strikingly attractive and stylish. For its time, it was a tricky photograph to deal with. The viewer had the irresistible impression that there were people all around looking on with disapproving, or at least skeptical, visage. There was massive tension implicit in that picture. I think Winogrand's shot was a test for the times: (a) OK; (b) Not OK; or (c) Undecided.

And yours? They're probably not an actual for-better-or-worse couple, but they are a casual couple at least for this moment. The tension is gone. The sense of sartorial style (and expectation) is substantially relaxed. And the monkey is barely visible at all. Everybody's cool now. But imagine for a moment if the guy in your shot had a menacing facial expression instead of his exuberant smile. Would we still be passing the test then?

Anyway, enough of discussing the shots that aren't here. The shot that is here is a very fine photograph in the modern unaffected street photography style that I imagine Winogrand would have enjoyed. 10. Thank you.
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02/20/2014 04:20:02 PM
Beautiful color street work. I can hear the sounds of the city.
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02/17/2014 01:23:51 AM
That child is impossibly small; the gent's smile warm and genuine. A nice grace between the two.
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