William Gedney died in 1989 at the age of 56. He left behind a lifetime of photographic work, most of it unknown outside of a few colleagues and curators, John Szarkowski, Lee Friedlander, and Diane Arbus, among them. These photographs—taken primarily in New York, San Francisco, Kentucky, and India—are remarkable in their sympathetic and quietly sensual view of the world. They illuminate the rare, lyrical vision of a photographer who, while living a highly reclusive personal life, was able to record the lives of others with remarkable sensitivity and poignancy. From the commerce of the street outside his Brooklyn apartment window 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's unobtrusive view reveals the beauty and mystery of each individual life. Excerpts from Gedney's correspondence and notebooks help us discover this intensely private man who captured the people and places around him with such striking clarity and intimacy.
Size: 10 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
Publisher: W.W. Norton
Publication Date: 2000
Available from the gallery for $95