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Central Park Zoo-New York, New York

Garry Winogrand


Since Winogrand took this photograph of a white woman and a Black man, each holding a chimpanzee dressed in children’s clothing, many critics have noted the picture’s deliberate ambiguity—not only about the circumstances of how these figures came to be here, but also about the way Winogrand chose to frame them with his camera, cutting out most of the surrounding context.

During the 1960s, Winogrand became increasingly reluctant to speak about the “meaning” of his photographs, preferring to focus on their form and technique, in spite of their excessive narrative potential. Perhaps this was a reaction against his photojournalistic and advertising work, which was often illustrative. Winogrand would cite Susan Sontag’s influential essay “Against Interpretation” (1964), which deplored the growing impulse at the time to reduce works of art to their content in order to make them mean something. She argued, like Winogrand, in favor of the pleasure and poetry of seeing.
MEDIUM Gelatin silver print
DATES 1967; reprinted 1974
DIMENSIONS Other (Mount): 14 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (37.5 x 50.2 cm) Image: 8 9/16 x 12 7/8 in. (21.7 x 32.7 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed in graphite, lower right: "Garry Winogrand"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Renata Shapiro
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Garry Winogrand (American, 1928–1984). Central Park Zoo-New York, New York, 1967; reprinted 1974. Gelatin silver print, Other (Mount): 14 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (37.5 x 50.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Renata Shapiro, 83.266.10. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 83.266.10_PS9.jpg)
EDITION Edition: 14/75
IMAGE overall, 83.266.10_PS9.jpg., 2019
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
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Garry Winogrand (American, 1928–1984). <em>Central Park Zoo-New York, New York</em>, 1967; reprinted 1974. Gelatin silver print, Other (Mount): 14 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (37.5 x 50.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Renata Shapiro, 83.266.10. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 83.266.10_PS9.jpg)