How many photographs did Winogrand take exactly in his lifetime? Let’s do the math by once again taking a look at photos collected at his death and photos stored in his archive:
(Left behind at his death)
2,500 undeveloped film = 90,000 photos
6,500 developed (but not contact sheets) = 234,000 photos
3,000 contact sheets = 108,000 photos
Total: 432,000 photos
(In Winogrand’s Archive)
20,000 contact sheets = 720,000 photos
100,000 negatives = 3,600,000 photos
30,500 color slides = 1,098,000 photos
Total: 5,418,000 photos
In total (on the low end) we can be certain that he shot at least 5,850,000 photos in his lifetime. He passed away and never saw nearly half a million of his shots (432,000 photos) and in his archive they have around 5,418,000 photos.
How many photos (on average) did he shoot a day?
Well he started studying painting at City College of New York and painting and photography at Columbia University in New York City in 1948 (aged 20). He passed away at age 56. Therefore he must have had at least 36 years of shooting.
Assuming that he shot 5,850,000 photos in his lifetime (and shot for 36 years), that would equate to 445 photographs a day (or 12 rolls of film a day).