Statue of Liberty Ferry, New York by Garry Winogrand (1971)

The photograph “Statue of Liberty Ferry, New York” was taken by artist Garry Winogrand in 1971. The image captures a candid moment of passengers on the ferry, vividly portraying the atmosphere and social dynamics of the era.

In the black and white photo, we see a group of passengers on the ferry deck. There’s a sense of casual disorder and liveliness, with people standing along the railings, seemingly engaged in conversation or enjoying the view. The upper deck is crowded, with individuals of various ages; some are peering out towards the skyline, while others appear to be looking at something within the ferry or across to another passenger. The lifebuoys on the railing feature prominent clock faces.

On the lower deck, people are scattered, engrossed in different activities. In the center, there is a striking contrast where a man and woman stand, providing a focal point amongst the surrounding movement and social interaction. The man is dressed in what looks like a dark suit and tie, holding a camera, and the woman next to him is seen holding papers or a book. Nearby, a child grips the railing, looking outward, under the watchful eye of an adult.

The photograph depicts an ordinary moment with an aura of nostalgia, underscored by the people’s fashion and the unpolished, authentic feel typical of Winogrand’s street photography. The skyline in the distance suggests the ferry’s New York setting, and the hazy atmosphere adds a sense of the weather and environment of the day.

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