Gelatin silver print
Image: 23.9 x 17.5 cm (9 7/16 x 6 7/8 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Gift of Friends of Photography 1994.204
Garry Winogrand changed the classic photojournalist approach into a powerful form of personal expression. A prolific and energetic worker, his purpose was "to see what things look like when photographed." His eye captured anything that seemed ironic, intriguing, or arresting. This dark, grainy image typifies Winogrand's style. He used natural light from the window to highlight the girls' bodies, and he cropped the image to give it a hard edge. Photographing at close range, Winogrand tilted the camera upward so that the seated dancer's legs appear disproportionate and unattractive. The scene is nevertheless touching, illustrating the girls' friendship and perhaps one's role as protector of the other.
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