Charles Gatewood's Wall Street photographs
Charles Gatewood is a photographer best known for documenting the sexual underground and helping launch the Modern Primitives meme into popular consciousness through his images that were featured in the RE/Search book of the same name. In the early 1970s though, Charles explored New York's financial district. The result was an incredible series called Wall Street. Photo critic AD Coleman once said, "These may just be the dirtiest pictures Charles Gatewood has ever made." Starting this Saturday, the photos will be exhibited for the first time since the 1970s. The exhibition is at the Lola Gallery in San Francisco and runs until January 21. From the Lola Gallery site:
Unlike other work that emphasizes sexuality and the idiosyncracies and weirdness of human existence, these images are ethereal, formal and emotionally void with an underlying theme of capitalism and control. "Wall Street" illustrates the message that perhaps money and high finance constitute the real obscenity of our age. The black and white concrete desolation of these photographs provide a set of visual metaphors for that most secretive perversion of all, high finance.