New York by Garry Winogrand (1963)

The photograph titled “New York” was taken by Garry Winogrand in 1963. It depicts a black-and-white street scene capturing a woman and two large animals, which resemble hippos, in what appears to be a public space.

In the image, the woman is positioned in the foreground to the right side of the frame, standing behind a metal barrier. She is dressed in what seems to be a casual dress with a cardigan and wears sunglasses. Her expression is one of slight bewilderment or discomfort as she turns towards the camera, clutching what could be her purse or a piece of cloth. Behind her, there are two large, hippo-like animals engaged in what looks like a head-to-head interaction or confrontation. The setting includes a structure that resembles an old stone building, possibly indicating the location is a zoo or a similar environment. The photograph utilizes a wide-angle lens, as evidenced by the framing and the slight distortion around the edges, creating a dynamic scene that juxtaposes the mundane with the unexpected.

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