Los Angeles International Airport

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Los Angeles International Airport


Garry Winogrand (American, 1928 - 1984)




Los Angeles, California, United States (Place created)




Gelatin silver print


34.3 x 22.7 cm (13 1/2 x 8 15/16 in.)


© 1984 The Estate of Garry Winogrand

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Los Angeles International Airport's space-age tower looms over two women stepping onto a curb as they head toward it. For years, Winogrand visited L.A., where he eventually settled. He was drawn to public places where he could find large numbers of people and photograph their interactions.

This image combines two of Garry Winogrand's favorite subjects, airports and women-and alludes to a third-animals. Winogrand often made comparisons in his photographs between animals and people, as he does here. The woman on the right in an animal-print dress seems appropriately headed toward a cluster of palm trees.

This image is not as complex as many of Winogrand's pictures, which are so filled with visual elements that they often border on chaos. Still, the elements here are layered-the women in the foreground, the trees in the center, and the tower in the background-adding up to a well-balanced photograph.

Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
Capturing Time: A Celebration of Photographs (December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998
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
In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945 - 1980 (December 20, 2011 to May 6, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 20, 2011 to May 6, 2012
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