Charles Gatewood's viewfinder is a window to the American underground, both cultural and sexual. Throughout his 40-year career, he's captured iconic shots of the Beats, portrayed Wall Street as a ghost town of lines, angles, and lost souls, and pulled sexual fetishism out of behind-closed-door obscurity. In conjunction with the release of A Complete Unknown, Gatewood's limited edition book of Bob Dylan photos, the Robert Tat Gallery will host "Celebrity!", an exhibition of some of the photographer's rarer snapshots of celebrities from the 60s and 70s, opening September 3. Famous faces in the exhibit include Al Green, Ginsberg, Dylan, Burroughs, Abbie Hoffman, and Rod Stewart (in a time when he was actually pretty cool).
The latest show to hit SF Art Exchange, “Chairman of the Board. Knight of the Realm,” chronicles the careers of Frank Sinatra and Sir Elton John by famed British photographer Terry O'Neill. Lining opposite walls of the gallery space, this rare solo exhibition pits 20+ photographs of an effortlessly polished Sinatra against 20+ of a quirkily dynamic John. Masterfully arranged in a mix of both black-and-white and color, the show tells not only of the men being shot but also sheds light on the man behind the camera. We caught up with the talented Terry O’Neill at last week’s preview event at the Clift to talk photography, music and celebrity.
When did you become interested in photography?
This week I'm feeling my inner homebody looming large. More than ever, there seems to be a resurgence of spending more time nesting, and entertaining at home. The economy's got everyone a bit down, I know, but there's also an upside to slowing down a little, spending more time with family and friends within the confines of your own comfy dwelling. You can take pride in the smallest tasks, like canning & preserving, or painting a room a sunny bright color, or washing your linens by hand in some lavender scented water. It feels good to get back to the basics and appreciate the simpler things in life. So this week in Sfgirlbybay's Seven for 7x7, we're taking some time out for a few moments of zen.