Garry Winogrand: Women are beautiful
The book can be found, at a price.
the 1975 book consists of 85 snapshots of fully clothed women, mostly on the street, who Winogrand (1928–1984) apparently found attractive. It somehow managed to be prurient and sexist all the same, and continues to be fodder for academic feminism to this day.
His least popular project, he struggled to find a publisher for it, and it sold poorly. Today a copy of the small, indifferently-produced book can sell for anywhere from $245 to $3,000. [...] In light of the book's weak sales and the bafflement of both critics and the public at the time, Winogrand threatened to do a sequel and joked that he would title it "Son of Women Are Beautiful."
Well, at least he could laugh about it. I find it a sad indicator of the puritanism and twisted "morality" this world still suffers from.
As the founder of Dirty Old Men's Association International (and its web site), I'll have to weigh in on "Women Are Beautiful".
I once planned, and may yet do, exactly such a project as Winogrand did her, beautiful women as main subject in street photography.
I fail *completely* to see how this is sexist. Everybody, including women, likes to look at beautiful women. Why not photograph them?
If somebody did it with men, I might be slightly less interested, but certainly not judgmental about it. Why would I be? When women admire another man, I don't get upset. When they occasionally admire me (openly enough that it penetrates my absent-mindedness), I get flattered.
Attraction is a natural part of life and nature. If it wasn't there, neither would we be. To be ashamed of it, or judgmental, is irrational. I think that kind of judgement is based either on jealousy ("not only may you not touch another woman, you may not even look at one") or shame ("I'm ashamed of my thoughts, but it helps to judge you severely for having them also").