Charles Gatewood was Light Work's first Artist-in-Residence in 1976.
Forbidden Photographs', a series of fifty portraits by Charles Gatewood, will be exhibited here from March 15 through April 14, 1978. Early works from this series date back to Gatewood's stay in Syracuse as our first artist-in-residence in 1976. Among these is the now notorious 'Human Pincushion, Syracuse, N.Y.' Gatewood's subjects are frequently seen against dead black backgrounds; a visual footnote, perhaps, to the cultural fringes they inhabit, carnivals, Mardi Gras and the world of tattoos. He is currently at work on a new tattoo book with the celebrated tattoo artist, Spider Webb. Gatewood's Previous books include 'Sidetripping' with William S. Burroughs, 'People in Focus' and 'X' with Spider Webb and Marco Vassi.
Charles Gatewood lives in New York City, conducts workshops at the International Center for Photography, and has exhibited widely. 'Fat Tuesday', an exhibition of photographs from Mardi Gras' of the last eight years by Gatewood and George W. Gardner, is currently at the Midtown Y Gallery in New York.