Gedney, William, d. 1989

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  • 1932, Oct. 29: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1955: B.F.A., Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • 1955 - 1965 : Graphic designer for magazine layout and book design
  • 1964: Photographed in Eastern Kentucky
  • 1965 - 1969 : Photographed American composers
  • 1968, Dec. - 1969, March : Exhibit: Eastern Kentucky and San Francisco: Photographs by William Gedney, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • 1969, Summer: Documented work of the Social Security Administration, Hays, Kansas
  • 1969 - 1971 : Photographed in India
  • 1969 - 1989 (?) : Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cooper Union, New York
  • 1971 - 1989(?) : Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute, New York
  • 1972: Photographed in Kentucky
  • 1978 - 1980 : Exhibit: Mirrors and Windows: American Photography Since 1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • 1980: Photographed in Calcutta, India
  • 1989, June 23: Died, New York, N.Y.
  • 1990: William Gedney collection of photography books and equipment presented to Chitrabani Center, Calcutta, India
  • 2000: Large retrospective exhibition, Short Distances and Definite Places: The Photographs of William Gedney held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

William Gedney received the following fellowships and grants: a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, 1966-1967; a Fulbright Fellowship for photography in India, 1969-1971; a New York State Creative Artists Public Service Program (C.A.P.S.) grant, 1972-1973; and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, 1975-1976.

Group shows in which Gedney's work was exhibited include Museum of Modern Art shows, Photography Current Report in 1968, Ben Schultz Memorial Collection in 1969, and Recent Acquisitions in 1971; Vision and Expression, George Eastman House, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1972. A major retrospective exhibit was held in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2000.

From the guide to the William Gedney Photographs and Writings, 1940s-1989, (Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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