Garry WINOGRAND, World's Fair, New York Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1928 – Mexico 1984

World's Fair, New York 1964 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 21.8 h x 32.7 w cm mount 37.4 h x 50.1 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1978
Accession No: NGA 78.950.6
Image rights: © 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