Print collectors, retro lovers, and street photographers will surely find our latest vintage discovery a fascinating piece to add to their collection: a signed print by Garry Winogrand, one of the most influential street photographers of the 20th century. If you’re fascinated by his definitive and visually compelling snaps of American life during 1960s, you’ll definitely want to get a hold of this print.
The item is listed on ebay by Katrina Doerner Photographs, which specializes in 20th century photography, especially those of the 1960s – 1970s. It’s a vintage gelatin silver print that was printed in 1978, and numbered “29” from an edition of 100. The print is in excellent condition, and also signed and numbered in pencil on the reverse side. The photo is part of Winogrand’s Women Are Beautiful series from 1972, which was also exhibited and published as a book in 1975. The image size is 8 ¾ x 13 ¼ inches, while the paper size is 11 x 14 inches and the mat size is 16 x 20 inches.
According to the listing, the retail value of this print is at $15,000 to $18,000 while the latest Christie’s auction for a similar item closed at $16,250. That should make you feel that the $12,500 price tag isn’t so bad at all. But if you’re still unsure, go ahead and ask around for the value of this Winogrand masterpiece.
Winogrand was sometimes criticized for seemingly exploiting women in his snapshot style photos of everyday life. However, exhibits in retrospect have celebrated instead of criticized his view of women in this body of work. In his book, the iconic photographer wrote:
“Whenever I’ve seen an attractive woman, I’ve done my best to photograph her. I don’t know if all the women in the photographs are beautiful, but I do know that the women are beautiful in the photographs. By the term ‘attractive woman,’ I mean a woman I react to, positively… I do not mean as a man getting to know a woman, but as a photographer photographing.
Don’t have the cash to spare for this print? Here’s a Women Are Beautiful flip-through video of the that you can watch instead: