A few days ago, I received a book that I had been longing for, that is the 1975 « Women are beautiful » by Gary Winogrand. I had previously posted an entry about this photographer that I greatly admire. He shot mainly with a 28mm lens and spent his life in the street photographing people. This book is regarded as his most famous, the one where he took snapshot of unknown women in the streets of New York in the aftermath of May 69. But in order to explain his approach on the topic, here is a quote of the introductory essay of Helen Gary Bishop :
« … Garry Winogrand has done more than record artful compositions of beautiful breasts and bodies. I believe he is genuinely attracted by the dynamics of the female being. But with the unerring instinct of the artist he has caught the conflict of the feminine creature: the body as object vying with the self as person. »
35 years after, our society has made giant steps forward and the condition of women is now the equal of man in most Western countries . Women in Paris are now liberated, self-confident, independant, …….still driving men nuts, and still …. beautiful.
Over the coming days, as a wink to this great photographer, I will post a series dedicated on this theme. Yet today we start with this shot taken a few hours ago on Les Champs-Elysées and shows a chic Parisiangirl on an afternoon shopping spree. (click on picture to enlarge)
Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F2.8, 1/3000, ISO160