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January 14, 1928
Garry Winogrand is born in the Bronx, New York, to immigrants Abe and Bertha Winogrand, from Budapest and Warsaw respectively.

ca. 1933
Winogrand is stricken with polio and confined to bed for several months.

1946 – 1947
Winogrand joins the U.S. Air Force but is discharged in less than a year due to an ulcer.

1948
With support from the G.I. Bill, Winogrand enrolls in a painting class at Columbia University, New York. He begins to take photographs and develop them in the student darkroom.

1949
Winogrand meets first wife, Adrienne Lubeau.

c. 1949 – 1952
Winogrand meets and befriends Dan Weiner, freelance magazine photographer and creative influence.

1951
On a scholarship, Winogrand studies photography at The New School with Alexey Brodovich, art director at Harper’s Bazaar.

1952
Winogrand marries Adrienne Lubeau.

1952
French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson’s book The Decisive Moment is released in the U.S. and seen by Winogrand.

1954-1955
Winogrand publishes photo essays on assignment in Collier’s and Pageant magazines.

Jan 24th – May 8th, 1955
Groundbreaking photography exhibition The Family of Man, curated by Edward Steichen, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Winogrand’s 1952 image, “Coney Island, New York” is included. The Family of Man tours the world and is estimated to have been seen by nine million people.

1955
Winogrand meets lifelong friends, photographers Lee Friedlander and Jay Maisel. He also makes his first cross-country trip to photograph across the U.S., accompanied by wife Adrienne, from August to December.

1956
Adrienne and Garry’s daughter Laurie Winogrand is born.

c. 1956 – 1958
Winogrand meets photographer Robert Frank.

c. 1957 – 1960
Winogrand tells wife Adrienne that he wants to stop doing commercial work and photograph “for himself.”

1958
Adrienne and Garry’s son Ethan Winogrand is born.

1959
Winogrand’s friend and mentor, photographer Dan Weiner, dies in a plane crash at age 39.

April – May 1959
Winogrand included in a group show at Workshop Gallery, New York.

Jan 1 – 20, 1960
First solo exhibition, Photographs by Garry Winogrand, at the Image Gallery, New York.

1960 – 1962
Winogrand begins working in advertising; his marriage to Adrienne is stressed.

1961
Edward Steichen, Director of the Department of Photography at MoMA, buys three prints from Winogrand for $10.00 each.

1962
Adrienne, Ethan and Laurie Winogrand move out, but stay in New York City.

July 1, 1962
Hired by Edward Steichen to become his successor, John Szarkowski becomes the new Director of the Department of Photography at MoMA.

Oct 26 – 28, 1962
Winogrand becomes extremely distraught during the Cuban Missile Crisis, later describing this event as a turning point in his life.

May 28 – July 21, 1963
Winogrand included in Five Unrelated Photographers, curated by Szarkowski, at MoMA.

March 1, 1964
Winogrand receives first of three John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships. MoMA acquires 14 Winogrand photos this year.

1965
Winogrand meets second wife, Judy Teller. He is invited to and attends the White House Festival of the Arts with 300 writers, artists, patrons and critics, including photographer Robert Frank and curator John Szarkowski.

1966
Winogrand’s divorce from Adrienne becomes final; she retains custody of the children. Winogrand meets lifelong friends, photographers Tod Papageorge and Paul McDonough.

1967
Winogrand marries Judy Teller.

Feb 28 – May 7, 1967
Winogrand in a groundbreaking, three-person show, New Documents, with fellow photographers Lee Friedlander and Diane Arbus, at MoMA.

1968
Winogrand teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York; meets Harold Jones, curator of exhibitions at George Eastman House who later becomes the founding director of the Center for Creative Photography, (CCP) University of Arizona, Tucson.

1969
Winogrand separates from Judy Teller and meets the woman who will become his third wife, mother of his third child (and later, widow), Eileen Hale. He also receives his second Guggenheim Fellowship.

Oct 24, 1969 – Jan 18, 1970
Winogrand’s first solo exhibition at MoMA, The Animals

1970
Winogrand’s marriage to Judy Teller is annulled. He teaches as an adjunct photography professor at Cooper Union, where his students include Mitch Epstein.

1971
In July 1971, Winogrand’s friend and fellow New York photographer Diane Arbus commits suicide. In the fall, he moves to Chicago to join the faculty of the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology and meets and befriends photographer Charles Traub, then teaching at Columbia College, Chicago. Later that year, Winogrand meets and befriends photographer Thomas Roma at Pratt Institute in New York.

1972
Winogrand marries Eileen Hale. He meets and befriends photographer Henry Wessel, and has solo shows at the Toronto Gallery of Photography; Rice University, Houston, and Light Gallery, New York.

1973
Winogrand moves to Austin, TX, in the fall of 1973 to join the faculty in the Department of Art at the University of Texas, Austin.

1974
Winogrand meets and befriends photographer, writer, and curator of the 2013 SFMOMA Winogrand retrospective, Leo Rubinfien, then a student at California Institute of the Arts. On December 5th, 1974, his daughter with Eileen Hale, Melissa Winogrand is born.

1975
Winogrand’s controversial book, Women are Beautiful, is published in conjunction with a solo show at Light Gallery, New York. Reviews are almost universally negative.

1975
Friend and fellow photographer Jay Maisel visits Winogrand in Austin and records their casual conversations on tape cassette – the only spontaneous media recordings of Winogrand known to exist.

1975
Winogrand undergoes thyroid surgery and his knee and leg are broken while photographing a football game.

Oct 18 – Dec 11, 1977
Winogrand solo exhibition, Public Relations, at MoMA.

1978
Winogrand receives his third Guggenheim Fellowship. In August 1978, he, wife Eileen, and daughter Melissa move from Austin to Los Angeles. In a catalog essay for the MoMA exhibition, Mirrors and Windows: American Photography Since 1960, John Szarkowski calls Winogrand the “central photographer of his generation.”

1979
Winogrand meets Jeffrey Fraenkel in San Francisco at the recently established Fraenkel Gallery.

1980
Winogrand’s Stock Photographs: The Fort Worth Fat Stock and Rodeo is published by the University of Texas Press.

1981
Winogrand’s oldest child, daughter Laurie, is married in New York.

1983
Winogrand packs up his old New York apartment when the building is sold and begins donating his work to the archive at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP), University of Arizona, Tucson.

February 8, 1984
Winogrand is diagnosed with cancer of the gall bladder.

March 19, 1984
Winogrand is taken by wife Eileen and his three children to a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, in search of a cancer treatment but dies shortly after his arrival.

1985
Director of the Department of Photography at MoMA and Winogrand champion, John Szarkowski, commissions the processing and printing of approximately 2,500 rolls of Winogrand’s undeveloped film and 4,100 of developed but unproofed rolls, subsequently edited by Szarkowski, Tod Papageorge and Thomas Roma.

May 11 – Aug 16, 1988

Garry Winogrand retrospective, including previously unseen posthumous works, opens at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The catalogue Winogrand: Figments from the Real World is published in conjunction with this exhibition.

1992 – 1993
Photographic materials and papers from ca. 1947 to 1984 are acquired from Eileen Hale Winogrand by the CCP for the Garry Winogrand Archive.

1999
The Man in the Crowd: The Uneasy Streets of Garry Winogrand is published by Fraenkel Gallery in conjunction with its exhibition.

2002
Winogrand 1964, edited by Trudy Wilner Stack, is published in conjunction with an exhibition at CCP.

2004
Arrivals and Departures: The Airport Pictures of Garry Winogrand is published in New York.

March 9, 2013 – Jan 25, 2015
The exhibition Garry Winogrand, co-organized by SFMOMA and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Conceived of and curated by Leo Rubinfien with Erin O’Toole, Assistant Curator of Photography at SFMOMA, and Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator of Photography, National Gallery of Art, it includes dozens of archival discoveries.

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