Re-learning.. William Gedney

Historic December 17, 2013 12:47 pm

Sometimes I get so lost in the great big world of our current picture-takers that I forget sometimes to reflect on the ones that inspired so many of them. Since I did not have a formal education in photography, I feel the need to teach myself its histories on a regular basis (and maybe enjoy the searching more because of it). I especially love seeing vast archives – the good, the bad, the pointless shots. I spent this snowy morning going through the photos of William Gedney in the Duke University Library. They are beautifully scanned and the library website has a great resource of his work, here.

(I also really love this series of “View From Gedney’s Window” in its entirety.)

Some of my favorites..

William Gedney, Small African-American girl with white coat in crowd. - From the Duke University Library

William Gedney, Small African-American girl with white coat in crowd. – From the Duke University Library

William Gedney, Woman directing a marching band on a windy day. - From the Duke University Library

William Gedney, Woman directing a marching band on a windy day. – From the Duke University Library

William Gedney, Man drying dhoti by the Ganges River. - From the Duke University Library

William Gedney, Man drying dhoti by the Ganges River. – From the Duke University Library

William Gedney, Man being shaved, holding a mirror. - From the Duke University Library

William Gedney, Man being shaved, holding a mirror. – From the Duke University Library

William Gedney, Couple lying on mattress on the floor. - From the Duke University Library

William Gedney, Couple lying on mattress on the floor. – From the Duke University Library

William Gedney, Boy in driver's seat of truck. - From the Duke University Library

William Gedney, Boy in driver’s seat of truck. – From the Duke University Library

William Gedney, Boy and girl on porch. - From the Duke University Library

William Gedney, Boy and girl on porch. – From the Duke University Library

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