A hardcover collection of Charles Gatewood's photographs.
When Charles Gatewood began photographing America's sexual underground in the mid-1960's, he was considered by many to be an obsessed eccentric whose concerns were extremely marginal. Today, however, as public nudity, blatant exhibitionism, full body tattooing and piercing, and various forms of sadomasochistic excess have entered mainstream culture, Gatewood's photographs appear not only historically significant, but also uncannily prophetic.
The fifty duotone reproductions in this book were chosen from Gatewood's long out-of-print Sidetripping and Forbidden Photographs, from Primitives: Tribal Body Art and the Left-Hand Path, and from many previously unpublished photographs. This rich selection of classic images should clearly indicate why Gatewood has been frequently compared to Diane Arbus and called "the direct photographic descendent of Weegee."
First edition (2000 copies), 1993. Fine.