William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries

Main Gallery

February 4 – March 19, 2016

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

O'Rourke's, c.1960
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1960
6 1/2 X 9 5/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

O'Rourke's, c.1960
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1960
6 5/8 X 9 3/4 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

O'Rourke's, c.1960
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1960
9 3/4 X 6 5/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

O'Rourke's, c.1960
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1960
6 3/4 X 9 3/4 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

O'Rourke's, c.1960
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1960
6 1/2 X 9 5/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

O'Rourke's, c.1960
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1960
6 5/8 X 9 3/4 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1964
Gelatin silver print
12 3/8 X 8 1/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1972
6 3/4 X 10 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print
11 3/8 X 7 3/4 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print
10 X 6 3/4 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Big Rock, Kentucky, July 1964
Gelatin silver print
12 x 8 1/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Big Rock, Kentucky, July 1964
Gelatin silver print
12 x 8 1/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print
10 X 6 3/4 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print
14 X 11 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Johnny Cornett, Big Rock Holler, Kentucky, 1964
Gelatin silver print
12 x 8 1/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

San Francisco, 1966
Gelatin silver print
8 x 12 1/8 inches
 

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

San Francisco, 1967
Gelatin silver print; printed 1968
12 x 8 1/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

San Francisco, 1966
Gelatin silver print
12 X 8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

San Francisco, 1967
Gelatin silver print
14 X 11 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

San Francisco, 1965
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1965
12 x 8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

San Francisco, 1975
Gelatin silver print
7 1/4 X 10 5/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Butte, Montana, 1966
Gelatin silver print
7 3/4 x 11 13/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Knoxville, TN, 1972
Gelatin silver print
7 1/4 X 10 5/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1975
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1975
11 X 14 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Knoxville, TN, 1972
Gelatin silver print
6 3/4 X 10 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Knoxville, TN, 1972
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1972
7 1/4 X 10 5/8 inches

 

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Coxsackie, NY, 1972
Gelatin silver print
6 3/4 X 10 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Night, South Dakota, 1966
Gelatin silver print
7 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Knoxville, TN, 1972
Gelatin silver print
7 3/4 X 11 3/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Detroit, Michigan, 1966
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1973
11 X 14 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

San Francisco, CA, 1966
Gelatin silver print; printed 1972-73
8 1/8 X 12 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Catskill, NY, 1972
Gelatin silver print
6 3/4 X 10 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1964
Gelatin silver print
12 X 8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1964
Gelatin silver print; printed 1968
12 x 8 1/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1964
Gelatin silver print
12 X 8 1/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Big Rock, Kentucky, July 1964
Gelatin silver print
12 x 8 1/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print
6 3/4 X 10 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print
10 X 6 3/4 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1964
Gelatin silver print
12 X 8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Big Rock, Kentucky, July 1964
Gelatin silver print
12 x 8 1/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Big Rock, Kentucky, 1964
Gelatin silver print
12 x 8 1/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Bill Cornett, Jr. under car, Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print
11 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print
10 X 6 3/4 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print
9 7/8 X 6 5/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print; printed 1973
10 X 6 3/4 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Glen Cornett, Corbin, Kentucky, August 1972
Gelatin silver print
10 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1964
Gelatin silver print
12 X 8 1/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1972
6 3/4 X 10 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Big Rock, Kentucky, July 1964
Gelatin silver print
8 1/8 x 12 3/4 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print
6 3/4 X 10 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Junior and Ronnie Cornett, Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print
7 5/8 x 11 1/2 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1964
Gelatin silver print; printed 1971
7 1/4 x 10 7/8 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print
6 3/4 X 10 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1972
6 3/4 X 10 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print; printed 1973
10 X 6 3/4 inches

William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Kentucky, 1972
Gelatin silver print
6 3/4 x 10 inches
 

Press Release

New York – An exhibition of influential photographs by William Gedney made in Kentucky and across the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from February 5 – March 19, 2016. William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead To Mysteries will include the artist’s intimate portrayals of out-of-work coal miners and their families in rural Kentucky, hippie culture scenes from San Francisco, and his lonely-streets-at-night pictures from his travels around the U.S.

 

Gedney was highly regarded in his lifetime, though his work was not well known beyond a small circle of colleagues and curators, which included photographers Lee Friedlander, Raghubir Singh, and John Szarkowski who curated Eastern Kentucky and San Francisco: Photographs by William Gedney (1968) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Gedney died of AIDS in 1989. The show at Howard Greenberg Gallery will include early work that hasn’t been seen in nearly 40 years.

 

Simple and direct, Gedney’s elegant photographs reward the viewer with a close look at people living on the edge of polite society. As Szarkowski stated in the press release for the 1968 show, “Gedney’s pictures make it clear that the individuals are more complex and more interesting than the clichés.” The photographs offer a sympathetic and graceful view of Gedney’s subjects, portraying Southern men fixing their cars, children washing on a porch in Kentucky, and handsome hippies among a crowd in San Francisco with the same sensitivity. Gedney’s night pictures – of still cars and houses on empty streets – are devoid of people and movement and hint at an aching universal loneliness.