Garry Winogrand (American, 19281984)
Gelatin silver print; 9 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (23.5 x 33.7 cm)
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992 (1992.5107)
© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
El Morocco was one of New York's hottest nightclubs in the 1950sa perfect site for Garry Winogrand to test his talents as a street-smart photographer working for Harper's Bazaar, Collier's, Pageant, and Sports Illustrated. Like his earlier pictures of the prizefighter Floyd Patterson in the ring, this photograph of a couple dancing explodes the idea of the snapshot. Focusing on his subjects' telling responses (here the face and hands revealing a ferocious animal spirit), Winogrand introduced a new, exceedingly confrontational style of 35mm photography. Direct, invasive, yet intuitively choreographed, this approach soon placed the artist alongside Robert Frank as one of the preeminent street photographers of the day.