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William Gedney Photographs and Writings
Released on November 29, 2010
Contact: Lisa Zeidenberg, email@example.com
Duke University Libraries Digital Collection has digitized a large selection of noted photographer William Gedney's work. Included are Gedney's finished prints, work prints, contact sheets, notes, notebooks, handmade photographic books, book dummies and correspondence.
“From the mid 1950s through the early 1980s, William Gedney (1932-1989) photographed throughout the United States, in India, and in Europe. From street scenes outside his Brooklyn apartment to the daily chores of unemployed coal miners, from the indolent lifestyle of hippies in Haight-Ashbury to the sacred rituals of Hindu worshippers, Gedney recorded the lives of others with remarkable clarity and poignancy. These photographs, along with his notebooks and writings, illuminate the vision of an intensely private man who, as a writer and photographer, revealed the lives of others with striking sensitivity. Included here are selections from Gedney's finished prints, work prints, contact sheets, notes, notebooks, handmade photographic books, book dummies, and correspondence.”
The 50,000 item collection documents Gedney's work from the 1950s to 1989. Subjects include photographs of
cross country road trips;
rural New York;
New York City;
Hippies in San Francisco;
20th century American composers;
gay rallies and demonstrations;
St. Joseph's School for the Deaf;
and a large number of nocturnal pictures.
These visceral images provide a memorable context for studies in American history, American studies, Women's and Gender Studies, fine arts, music, and other related fields.