United States of America 1928 – Mexico 1984
World's Fair, New York
1964 gelatin silver photograph gelatin silver photograph
printed image 21.8 h x 32.7 w cm
Accession No: NGA 78.950.6
© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Winogrand had a tremendous capacity to photograph people in public spaces completely unawares. This image records a group of visitors to the 1964 World’s Fair; it focuses on three young women—Ann Amy Shea, whispering into the ear of Janet Stanley, while their friend Karen Marcato Kiaer naps on Stanley’s bosom. The figures fill the space between the picture’s fore- and middle-grounds, to the extent of allowing the viewer to examine people’s expressions and interactions in close detail. This in turn allows us to encroachon the personal space of people we don’t know.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra