The Winogrand Museum
Garry Winogrand, a photographer who spent the last ten years of his life photographing Los Angeles in the 1980’s, left behind 75,000 undeveloped, unseen negatives of his street photography when he died; many of Los Angeles. He had no working filing system and chose to develop film at least one year after shooting. This project proposes a public photography museum to Winogrand, sited in the Arts District of Los Angeles. These 75,000 unseen negatives shall be stored, developed, and exhibited here with the purpose of revealing the hidden phantoms of Los Angeles, bound within his celluloid. The proposal investigates how photographic analysis of his work can generate relevant exhibition spaces. This includes the study of his 28mm lens, his (on average) 5-degree wonky horizon lines, stark contrast lighting, extreme highlights, high ISO noise, ‘in your face’ shooting style, centrifugal formal composition, etc. All these conditions bake into the project itself, becoming a simulacrum of his photography. Since these conditions are merely phantoms of film yet to be developed, the notion of the unmade is prevalent in the proposal. The model was never physically constructed; it exists digitally in render space as though it were a physical 1:50 model, where the renders used to study the model act as undeveloped photographs of an undeveloped realm. Investigating the proposal in this way leaves a residue of unmadeness, reflecting in the technical execution of the details and thus the experience of the spaces.