Strange Days: Photographs from the Sixties by Winogrand, Eggleston, and Arbus (July 1 to October 5, 2003)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 1 to October 5, 2003
Not currently on view
Central Park, New York City
Garry Winogrand (American, 1928 - 1984)
New York, New York, United States (Place created)
Gelatin silver print
22.5 × 33.4 cm (8 7/8 × 13 1/8 in.)
© 1984 The Estate of Garry Winogrand
Gift of Arthur Taussig
Garry Winogrand caught this young woman's graceful gesture and unflinching gaze as he photographed her at a public gathering in Central Park. It looks as if she is performing for the camera, but she may be flying a kite.
Winogrand was fully aware that his own gaze was a male one. He liked to trace the origins of his intense interest in photographing women to his teen years, when he worked briefly as a walk-on actor at the ballet. Later, he often found that a certain amount of flirtation was involved when taking pictures of women. Winogrand produced a book of his photographs of anonymous women, including this image, in 1975. He planned to title the book "Confessions of a Male Chauvinist Pig," but his publisher changed it to Women are Beautiful.
Despite his joking provocations, Winogrand's intentions were serious. He said of the women he observed, "I suspect that I respond to their energies, how they stand and move their bodies and faces."
Keller, Judith and Brett Abbott. Strange Days: Photographs from the Sixties by Winogrand, Eggleston, and Arbus (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum), fig. 2.