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A Time of Youth: San Francisco, 1966-1967 (Hardcover)

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A year before 1967's famed Summer of Love, documentary photographer William Gedney set out for San Francisco on a Guggenheim Fellowship to record "aspects of our culture which I believe significant and which I hope will become, in time, part of the visual record of American history." A Time of Youth brings together eighty-seven of the more than two thousand photographs Gedney took in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood between October 1966 and January 1967. In these photographs Gedney documents the restless and intertwined lives of the disenchanted youth who flocked to what became the epicenter of 1960s counterculture. Gedney lived among these young people in their communal homes, where he captured the intimate and varied contours of everyday life: solitude and companionship, joyous celebration and somber quiet, cramped rooms and spacious parks, recreation and contemplation. In these images Gedney presents a portrait of a San Francisco counterculture that complicates popular depictions of late 1960s youth as carefree flower children. The book also includes facsimiles of handwritten descriptions of the scenes Gedney photographed, his thoughts on organizing the book, and other ephemera.

About the Author

William Gedney (1932-1989) was an American documentary photographer. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Pratt Institute; and CSMVS, Mumbai, among other museums. He designed and created mock-ups for seven books of his photography; A Time of Youth is the first of these to be published. Lisa McCarty is Assistant Professor of Photography at Southern Methodist University, author of Transcendental Concord, and coauthor of William Gedney: Only the Lonely 1955-1984. Philip Gefter is a photography critic and author of What Becomes a Legend Most: A Biography of Richard Avedon, Wagstaff: Before and after Mapplethorpe: A Biography, and Photography after Frank.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781478010555
ISBN-10: 147801055X
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: February 16th, 2021
Pages: 176
Language: English