GATEWOOD, Charles. Photographs: The Body and Beyond.
(San Francisco, CA): Sun in Scorpio / Flash Publications, 1993. Author's original mock up copy of the first edition. Unpaginated. 60 hand made pages. Foreword blurb by William S. Burroughs. Introductory essay Charles Gatewood: Joining the Dance by A.D. Coleman. Comprises 48 photographic images pasted to handmade page. Charles Gatewood, a boundary-pushing photographer who mapped, provocatively and disturbingly, the subcultures of strippers, sex-club devotees, bikers, body piercers, fetishists and tattoos. Gatewood's first success as a photographer came in 1966 when his “Dylan With Sunglasses and Cigarette,” was syndicated to publications around the world but he soon gravitated toward extreme behavior, extreme people, and extreme situations, epitomized by his annual expeditions to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which he recorded as a Dionysian rite of drunkenness, nudity and sexual excess. At the same time, he recognized that his work was not for everyone.
“I’m bringing back images of things that people don’t want to look at, don’t want to deal with,” he told Popular Photography in 1985. “That makes them uncomfortable. It hits too close to home.” The images here offer a peek into the world as seen by Gatewood often raw, but also flat on its back or just right up in your face. Signed by the photographer on the title page and marked 'original mock up'. A good example. Loose leaves laid into in dust jacket.