Central Park, New York City

Object Details

Title:

Central Park, New York City

Artist/Maker(s):

Garry Winogrand (American, 1928 - 1984)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

New York, New York, United States (Place created)

Date:

probably March 26, 1967

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

22.5 x 33.4 cm (8 7/8 x 13 1/8 in.)

Copyright:

© 1984 The Estate of Garry Winogrand

Credit Line:

Gift of Arthur Taussig

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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."

Exhibitions
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
Bibliography

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.