Dogs, Portraits and Objects, a three-volume collection of Neil Winokur’s work, is a series of bold, striking and intimate studies of both the ordinary and extraordinary beings and objects that have defined American life for decades.
“Winokur’s cast of simple, everyday things are cheerfully immune to the ravages of time and the anguish of being or becoming. Contrary to Roland Barthes’s notion that when the shutter clicks death visits the viewer and the subject like a guillotine slicing into the temporal flow, when Winokur clicks his camera the focus of his attention is preserved forever in a candy-colored glow. Without pretension, his favorite things—our favorite things—are what they are and will stay that way. Their radiant seeming imperviousness and immutability are the strangest things about them and even if they cause dour souls to reflect on how ephemeral they are, they give those less prone to melancholy an ever-welcome glimpse of eternal
happiness.” —Robert Storr
Neil Winokur (b. 1945, NYC) received a BA from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1967. His work has been exhibited widely since 1982, when it was prominently included on the cover of the influential book, "Lichtbildnisse: Das Portrat in der Fotografie," from the RheinischesLandesmuseum, Bonn, Germany. Other important exhibitions include The Museum of Modern Art's "Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort" (1991), "The Photography of Invention," at The National Museum of American Art (1989), and “Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists” at the ICA, Boston (2005). Winokur's photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Denver Art Museum, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.