Albuquerque, New Mexico

Copied Garry Winogrand, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1958, printed 1974, gelatin silver print, sheet: 8 5813 in. (22.032.9 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1985.36.1, © 1974, Estate of Garry Winogrand

Artwork Details

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Double Elephant Press
1958, printed 1974
Not on view
sheet: 8 5813 in. (22.032.9 cm.)
© 1974, Estate of Garry Winogrand
Credit Line
Museum purchase
Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
  • Figure — child
  • Landscape — desert
  • Architecture Exterior — domestic — garage
  • Landscape — New Mexico — Albuquerque
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Artwork Description

“I photograph the world to see what the world looks like photographed.” – Garry Winogrand, 1974

The street was Garry Winogrand’s playground as he recorded fleeting moments from the busy world around him. A pre-focused hand-held camera allowed Winogrand the freedom to shoot at will, without stopping to consciously compose or frame his subjects. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Winogrand seized the opportunity to document an odd arrangement of people and objects. An apprehensive toddler, a toppled tricycle, and a mysterious U shape painted on the face of a mountain come together without explanation or narrative. For Winogrand, this photograph is “the illusion of a literal description of how a camera saw a piece of time and space.

A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013