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Cape Kennedy, Florida

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Cape Kennedy, Florida

Garry Winogrand

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1969; printed 1978

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

9 1/16 in x 13 7/16 in (23.02 cm x 34.13 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Stanley T. Lesser, A.B. 1951, J.D. 1953

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a scene outside the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where a group of tourists and spectators have gathered to witness an unseen event happening in the sky above. In the center of the frame is a platform on which people stand, their binoculars and cameras raised to the sky. While everyone is focused on the sky above, a lone woman in a dress and sunhat faces the photographer, and appears to be taking a photograph of him while he is photographing her. This image was created in 1969, a momentous year for space travel and exploration, in which the US successfully landed humans on the Moon. The Soviet Union and the United States had been locked in a fierce competition for supremacy of outer space, and the cultural anticipation would’ve reached a fever pitch at the time this photograph was created. This context lends some humor to this image; while something potentially monumental may be occurring in the sky, the photographer and the woman are instead engaged in photographing one another.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a crowd of people gathered outside on a low platform. The crowd appears to viewing an event happening in the sky above them. In the foreground stands a woman who faces the photographer, a camera raised to her eyes.

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cameras (photographic equipment)
launch complexes
modern and contemporary art
space age
spectators (event observers)
tourist centers
viewers (observers)

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