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Understanding Framing

Garry Winogrand was one of the great American street photographers. Roaming the city streets with his small Leica camera always at the ready, he captured telling fragments of the life around him. Composed in a split second, Winogrand’s photographs used the picture frame to isolate slices of daily reality. Within the rectangular picture frame, he balanced geometric shapes and drew dynamic lines toward significant points in the picture that piqued the viewer’s curiosity and imagination. In this Discussion, you analyze the framing elements of a Winogrand photograph.

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To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Read Chapter 1 in your course text, Photographer’s Eye
  • Review the Garry Winogrand photograph, Untitled, 1950s.
  • Review photographs from all the websites listed in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Consider the type of frame used by Winogrand and how the framing draws the viewer into the picture and sets the stage for the telling of a story.
  • Consider the orientation of the Winogrand photograph, Untitled, 1950s:
    • What considerations might Winogrand have taken when filling the frame?
    • How did Winogrand divide the frame?
    • Where is the subject of the photograph in relation to the space surrounding that subject?

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 3 a response that describes at least three elements of framing used by Winogrand in his photograph, Untitled, 1950s. Evaluate the decisions Winogrand made about what to include in the frame and what to exclude from it. Analyze how those decisions impact Winogrand’s meaning. Evaluate the extent to which Winogrand’s photograph may be described as loosely framed. Describe how Winogrand uses the edges of the frame. (Approximately 250 words).