Featured in retrospective exhibition, Short Distances and Definite Places: The Photographs of William Gedney at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), January 20, 2000 - May 16, 2000; Featured in What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney, edited by Margaret Sartor, coedited by Geoff Dyer; Gedney's caption from Japan Correspondence: On hot summer nights people sleep outside on porches and on the roofs of buildings not because of poverty but to escape the heat. It is much cooler outside and no one will bother you. Mark: Signature/Stamp. Date of print: 1971 Sept..
The 5,000 item collection documents Gedney's work from the 1950s to 1989. Subjects include photographs of cross country road trips; rural New York; Manhattan; Brooklyn; rural Kentucky; Hippies in San Francisco; composers; gay rallies and demonstrations; St. Joseph's School for the Deaf; India; England; Ireland; France; and, a large number of nocturnal pictures.