On the title cut of their 1967 album, Jim Morrison and the Doors sang about "strange days." But exactly when the sixties—the most uneasy era of the 20th century—became strange, when it started to feel absurd, is hard to say. In that one turbulent decade, America went to war, a president was gunned down, men walked on the moon, a daily pill for birth control was introduced, and people fought for basic rights. Artists of the period were more sensitive than most to this strangeness. Morrison chose rock 'n' roll music to convey his response. Garry Winogrand, William Eggleston, and Diane Arbus chose the medium of black-and-white photography to express their reactions to this increasingly haywire world.
Strange Days: Photographs from the Sixties by Winogrand, Eggleston, and Arbus features more than 80 photographs from the Getty's collection.