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Gelatin silver print
Image: 23 x 34.2 cm (9 1/16 x 13 7/16 in.); Paper: 27.9 x 35.4 cm (11 x 13 15/16 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
Gift of Elizabeth and Frederick Myers 1984.195.13
In 1974, Garry Winogrand was commissioned by the Fort Worth Art Museum to photograph the Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show. A uniquely Texan event, the Stock Show was the first rodeo to be nationally televised and continues to distinguish Fort Worth, also known as "Cowtown." Using his snapshot aesthetic, Winogrand captured the dynamic relationships between man and beast. In this image, cowboys attempt to harness a horse’s wild energy. Rearing powerfully on its hind legs, the horse towers over its captors in a vain effort to remain free. Winogrand focused on the piercing gaze of the animal, which contrasts with the frenetic background and anxious activities of the men around it.
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