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Behind the scenes of power at the 1960 Democratic Convention


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Thanks for those pix, and apparently there are many more. -

The 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles was crammed with the political superstars of the day — John F. Kennedy, Adlai Stevenson — as well as key staff members like Andrew Hatcher. Garry Winogrand took pictures of all of them, but his primary interest was elsewhere. ‘‘He photographed the life, the back corners, the audience,’’ says Leo Rubinfien, a photographer who is curating a retrospective of Winogrand’s work opening at SFMOMA next year. ‘‘The people watching the parade, not the parade — that was how he worked.’’ The prolific Winogrand, who died in 1984 at 56 in Mexico, where he went for cancer treatment, left behind thousands of unseen pictures. Among them are these photographs, discovered last year in his archive at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. Only one from the convention is known to have been published: the picture of Kennedy above, accepting the nomination and asking the party for ‘‘your help and your hand and your voice.’’

Julie Bosman

TOTAL ROLLS SHOT BY WINOGRAND IN HIS LIFETIME: APPROX. 25,000

 ROLLS HE NEVER PROOFED: MORE THAN 6,000

 CONVENTION PHOTOGRAPHS LEFT BEHIND:MORE THAN 5,000

 OF THOSE 5,000, PHOTOS PRINTED OR PUBLISHED: 1

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