Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Broadway by William Klein (1954-55)

This photograph is titled “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Broadway,” captured by William Klein in the years 1954-55. The image depicts a close-up moment among a crowd that appears to be gathering or watching an event, likely the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as indicated by the title. There are four individuals prominently featured; a police officer is in the foreground on the left side, looking off to the side with a serious expression. His hat and uniform indicate his profession. Behind the officer, three more individuals are visible, two men and one woman. The woman is smiling, with her face turned slightly upwards, and there is an expression of amusement or enjoyment on her face. The men appear to be conversing or looking intently at something off-camera. Their faces show a range of expressions, including one of contemplation and one partially obscured in profile. The overall composition suggests an engaging moment on a crowded street during a public event, with each individual’s expression and gaze drawing the viewer into trying to understand the context of the moment captured. The mood is one of candid and varied human reactions during a likely festive occasion.

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