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Bill Yates

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Sweetheart Limited Edition Book #29 (signed) & Gelatin Silver Print #15 (signed)
1973/2016 Gelatin Silver Print is 10" x 8"
Signature on recto

ARTIST STATEMENT: "The Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink photographs speak to a transitional moment in the American South and in the arts. The importance of these images lies within the Southern tradition of storytelling made powerfully real through the magic of photography. With his camera, Yates' has memorialized the wild and wonderful skaters of Sweetheart and the uniqueness of pre-gentrified Florida. A chance encounter between a college photography student and a Florida skating rink in 1972 has produced one of the definitive visual records of youth culture in the American South." - Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Bill Yates is a 1975 MFA graduate in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He also studied with Garry Winogrand, and enjoyed a forty-year relationship with his late friend and mentor, artist and photographer William Christenberry.

Yates was a 2013 PhotoLucida Critical Mass Top 50 winner. Recent exhibits: BILL YATES: SWEETHEART ROLLER SKATING RINK PHOTOGRAPHS 1972 - 1973" - Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, 2015, and Hathaway Contemporary, Atlanta, 2016; FAST FORWARD // REWIND, MOCA GA, Atlanta, 2017; Atlanta 2017: WALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Devine, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, 2019, Permanent collections include: Corcoran Gallery of Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Wellesley College Davis Museum; Do Good Fund, plus numerous private, and institutional collections. "Sweetheart" series photographs are currently exhibited at the Telfair Museum, Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, GA through April 2021.

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