Artist: Garry Winogrand (American, 1928–1984)

Date: 1960

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: 22.9 x 34.3 cm (9 x 13 1/2 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Gift of Barbara and Eugene Schwartz, 1994

Accession Number: 1994.107

Rights and Reproduction: © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco


This is an unusual image in the oeuvre of a photographer known chiefly for a confrontational style that made instances from everyday life on the street look like snippets from a well-choreographed farce. Rather than dancing about to the rhythm of urban life, these people seem suspended for eternity as static weights in a three-dimensional balancing game predicated on their own insubstantial shadows. If Winogrand's normal mode was one of witty graphic innovation, here he probes the tragic undertones in life's dark comedy.