November 12, 2015 - March 1, 2016
Chappell Family Gallery, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Intimate Gestures: Handmade Books by William Gedney surveys the photographer’s little known practice of making photobooks by hand, a pursuit he was devoted to throughout his entire career. The exhibit features seven completed photobooks and four book projects that were in-progress at the time of Gedney’s death in 1989, as well as handmade journals and related ephemera. All of the books were conceived, designed, and constructed by Gedney and correspond to his major photographic series produced in Eastern Kentucky, New York, San Francisco, and Benares, India between 1954 and 1980.