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Women are Beautiful

Accession Number
1983/2.144

Title
Women are Beautiful

Artist(s)
Garry Winogrand

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
circa 1966

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
10 7/8 in x 13 11/16 in (27.62 cm x 34.77 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Kenyon

Subject matter
Comprising 85 images compiled and sequenced by the photographer himself, Winogrand's "Women are Beautiful" were first exhibited and published as a book in 1975, and then again as a portfolio of prints in 1981. The portfolio features the contemporary urban woman—mainly of New York City—as seen through Winogrand's wide-angle lens on his Leica M4 throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. Women are shown engaging in a variety of daily activities, and ranging in moods from joyfulness to boredom and sadness. While certain photographs have been criticized for enacting an objectifying male gaze trained upon the unaware female subject, others have been celebrated for showing the expressive freedom of the new woman.

This photograph shows a group of women and girls congregating in a covered walkway. The corridor borders a kempt garden and is attached to a building. At the far end of the corridor to the top left quadrant of the photograph, poses a woman in a swimsuit. The figures in the foreground to the right of the image appear oblivious to the presence of the camera.

Physical Description
Photograph of women and girls congregating in a covered walkway bordering a small garden.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form. Keywords
Figures
Plants
beauty
courtyards
covered walkways
hats
house
modern and contemporary art
private gardens
standing
trees
walking
women
women (female humans)

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