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Venice, California
Photograph

1979
16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)

Garry Winogrand (New York, NY, 1928 - 1984, Tijuana, Mexico) Artist

Object Type: Photography
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Marilyn and Leon Sokol
Accession Number: 2009.28.3

Web Notes
Called the “central photographer of his generation”, Garry Winogrand rose to become one of the United States’ pre-eminent 20th century photographers in unexpected places. While his subjects varied, they always shared an admiration for the cacophony of crowded places: among his favorite settings were crowded streets, airports, and even animal enclosures. His street photography strikes a careful balance between capturing such frenzied energy with light and structure to imbibe his works with movement, enthusiasm, and childlike love for the world.
Winogrand is notable for his pieces capturing the U.S. during the mid-20th century, echoing the changing society of the 70’s and 80’s depicting candid everyday moments.

Venice, California is a photograph depicting a younger man comforting or consulting an older woman. The candid moment leaves uncertainty to the viewer, questioning the conversation going on. The photograph exudes motion, showing one small conversation on the crowded California beach. 

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