I had never heard of American photographer William Gedney (1932-1989) until very recently, when I was doing some research on Appalachia. Unfortunately, Gedney's work didn't receive much recognition until after his death. Over 5,000 of his photos are now digitally archived at Duke University.
Gedney's exclusively black & white images capture the raw, unapologetic intensity of the places to which he traveled - including India, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
He aptly considered photography to be a form of poetry, and very often focused on the unintentional sexual intrigue of the average American male.
In 1964, Gedney spent over a month living with two poverty-stricken families in rural Kentucky. This sojourn (in my opinion)
Mud-covered young boy smoking
Leatherwood, Kentucky 1964
Plucking a chicken
Looking down the barrel of a shotgun
Three girls in a kitchen
Can't figure out what he's stomping
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