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Garry Winogrand, Democratic Convention, LA, 1960 by Greg Wallace
April 19, 2012, 2:38 pm
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Garry Winogrand, Democratic Convention, LA, 1960The NY Times has published a slide show of works that Garry Winogrand took at the 1960 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles. Most of these images have never been seen until recently and are now being exhibited in a retrospective of the artist at the SFMOMA.

As you can see, the photographer’s interest is often more with the parade watchers than with the parade itself, to paraphrase photographer and exhibition curator Leo Rubenfien.

In the photos, you will see many pols and public figures of the time, including JFK, RFK, LBJ, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Adam Clayton Powell as well as many anonymous (and often boisterous) convention goers whom the NY Times is seeking to identify through crowd-sourcing.

For those unaware, the 1960 election pitted JFK against Richard Nixon in a tight race. In the online feature, you can listen to George McGovern (the very liberal South Dakota senator who lost the presidential race to Nixon in 1972 in a landslide) talk about the tense relations between the Kennedys and running mate Johnson that hung over the 1960 convention.

If you like people watching or the retro appeal of Mad Men, you will love these images. Check them out at:


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