Monday, October 04, 2010
Duke University has the photographer William Gedney in their digital collection. While obscure today, Gedney taught at Pratt and practiced socially immersive photography. He may have been drawn to the same places as Margaret bourke, Diane Arbus or Gary Winograd, but his style was to draw us into the life as his subjects lived it. His photographs of a Kentucky family in 1964 and 1971 could've turned into a Time-Life Grapes of Wrath exercise, but instead the images are warm, personable, and even allow us into their occasional fun.