One of the most prolific photographers of the twentieth century, Winogrand made a career studying what he called "the effect of media on events." With unrivaled passion, he photographed rallies, press conferences, sporting events, funerals, parades, award ceremonies, and museum openings. Here the subject is John F. Kennedy speaking at the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles to an ersatz audience of cameramen rather than conventioneers. Seen from behind, Kennedy shares the stage with an electronic doppelgänger-a small, closed-circuit television set broadcasting his speech, presumably for the benefit of backstage journalists. It is only on TV that we see his face-an irony not lost on Winogrand, whose brilliant analysis of public rituals focused on the ubiquity of television in American society in the 1960s.
Inscription: Estate stamps in ink on verso, BLC, BRC: "[within a circle] FROM THE ESTATE OF // G.W. // *GARRY WINOGRAND*", "[within a rectangular box] Printed by or under the supervision of Garry Winogrand // (c) 1984 The Estate of Garry Winogrand. All rights reserved. // signed [in pencil] Eileen Adele Hale // Eileen Adele Hale, Executor, The Estate of Garry Winogrand"; dealer's inscriptions in pencil, verso TRC, BRC: "GW 177.1", "GW.06.1046.Y"
Estate of Garry Winogrand; [Jeffrey Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco]; [Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 34," February 25, 2003–June 22, 2003.
Szarkowski, John. Winogrand: Figments from the Real World. New York: Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1988. p. 33.
See object file for dealer statement. The print was made Tom Consilvio, with the artist, in the 1970s.