Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, Margaret will discuss the work of photographer William Gedney.
When William Gedney died in 1989 at age 56 from complications due to AIDS, he left behind a lifetime of photographic work, most of it unknown and unpublished. His photographs--taken primarily in New York, San Francisco, Kentucky, and India--illuminate the rare and lyrical vision of a photographer who, while living a highly reclusive personal life, was able to record the lives of others with remarkable sensitivity and poignancy. Gedney’s unobtrusive and quietly sensual view of the world continues to enlighten us now to the beauty and mystery of individual lives lived on the margins of mainstream society.
About Margaret Sartor
Margaret Sartor is a writer, visual artist, editor, and curator. As an author, her books include Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum 1897–1922 (2019), William Gedney: Only the Lonely, 1955-1984 (2017), What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney (1999), and the New York Times best-selling memoir Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing up in the 1970s (2006). Sartor’s own photographs have been exhibited widely. They have appeared in books and publications, including: Black: A Celebration of Culture (2004), In Their Mother’s Eyes: Women Photographers and Their Children (2001), Aperture, DoubleTake, Esquire, The Oxford American, and The New Yorker, among others. Her work is in permanent and private collections, including: the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Ogden Museum of Art, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. She lives with her husband, Alex Harris, in Durham, NC.