William Gedney: Only the Lonely, 1955–1984 (2020)

William Gedney Only the Lonely Mysterious introspective fiercely private and self taught street photographer William Gedney produced impressive series of images focused on people whose lives were overlooked hidden o
  • Title: William Gedney: Only the Lonely, 1955–1984
  • Author: Gilles Mora Margaret Sartor Lisa McCarty
  • ISBN: 9781477314838
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mysterious, introspective, fiercely private, and self taught, street photographer William Gedney 1932 1989 produced impressive series of images focused on people whose lives were overlooked, hidden, or reduced to stereotypes He was convinced that photography was a means of expression as efficient as literature, and his images were accompanied by writings, essays, excerpMysterious, introspective, fiercely private, and self taught, street photographer William Gedney 1932 1989 produced impressive series of images focused on people whose lives were overlooked, hidden, or reduced to stereotypes He was convinced that photography was a means of expression as efficient as literature, and his images were accompanied by writings, essays, excerpts from books, and aphorisms Gedney avoided self promotion, and his underrepresented work was largely unknown during his short lifetime He died at the age of fifty six from AIDS.William Gedney Only the Lonely, 1955 1984 is the first comprehensive retrospective of his photography It presents images from all of his major series, including eastern Kentucky, where Gedney lived with and photographed the family of laid off coal miner Willie Cornett San Francisco and Haight Ashbury, where he attached himself to a group of disaffected youth, photographing them as they drifted from one vacant apartment to the next during the Summer of Love early photo reportage of gay pride parades in the eighties Benares, India, Gedney s first trip abroad, during which he obsessively chronicled the concurrent difficulty and beauty of daily life and night scenes that, in the absence of people and movement, evoke a profound universal loneliness The most complete overview of Gedney s work to date, this volume reveals the undeniable beauty of a major American photographer.
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