Thursday, April 30, 2009

William Gedney & Paul Kwilecki

William Gedney & Paul Kwilecki at Duke University Libraries. "...The Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library acquired its first documentary photography collection, Paul Kwilecki's Photographs and Papers in 1991. The following year it added the life work of photographer William Gedney, a comprehensive collection of over 50,000 items including negatives, prints, and journals. This exhibition celebrates the work of these two photographers, work that laid the foundation for the Library's Archive of Documentary Arts.
Paul Kwilecki was born in 1928 and Gedney in 1932. Kwilecki was a serious self-taught photographer dedicated to documenting everyday life in Decatur County, Georgia, while Gedney taught photography in New York City but photographed more broadly. Though they both practiced photography during the second half of the twentieth century, each pursued the craft in his own distinctive way."