United States of America 1928 – Mexico 1984
World's Fair, New York 1964 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
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