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Charles Gatewood Exhibition Comes to Studio Servitu

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Apr 18, 2012 12:00 PM PDT    Text size: 

LOS ANGELES Fetish photographer Charles Gatewood's work will be exhibited at Los Angeles' gallery space Studio Servitu on Saturday, April 28.

The exhibit will include an appearance by the artist himself.

"Studio Servitu is honored to host Mr. Gatewood's artwork," said Jane Jett and Miss Crash, studio co-owners. "We are excited to provide Gatewood's fans an opportunity to meet the legend himself and to view his artworks first-hand. This event will also provide Studio Servitu's patrons exposure to a history of rare fetish, celebrity and underground art."

Since 1964, Gatewood has documented such subjects as social protest, alternative and fetish culture, celebrity portraits, rock and roll, body modification, and the Wall Street area of lower Manhattan.

"This is a big show, my first LA exhibition in several years," Gatewood said. "The photographs on display are my best 16 x 20 exhibition prints of my finest fetish portraits and nude studies. Please join us, and tell your friends."

Gatewood has been called "a photographic anthropologist at the fringes of Western culture."

He has collaborated with William Burroughs, Spider Webb and Fakir Musafar, among others, has been chronicling the seedier side of American life for more than three decades.

The Gatewood archive contains more than 10,000 prints, 250,000 negatives and slides, 35 documentary videos, plus correspondence, personal papers, manuscripts, and special collections.

Recently, the archive has grown to include hand-made collector's editions of his work with Bob Dylan and William Burroughs by DanaDanaDana, as well as DVD editions of his videos produced by Anego Films.

The artist has won numerous recognitions and awards, including the Leica Medal of Excellence for his photography. A large portion of Charles Gatewood's archives, including photos of celebrities Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Allen Ginsberg, Al Green, Abbie Hoffman, and others, as well as his fetish and alt culture images will be on display at Studio Servitu.

This is Gatewood's return gallery after a seven-year absence in Los Angeles.

The event is sponsored by O.N.E coconut water, Evolve Body Jewelry Company, Kaos bodyjewelry and Stockroom.com and will feature a photo booth by Andy Hartmark. 

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