Very few of William Gedney's photographs were published in his lifetime. His sensual black and white images explored the isolation of the individual and the gracefulness of the human figure. For nearly 40 years, Gedney resided in a cold-water flat above a store in Brooklyn, from which he set out across the United States and to India and Europe to find his subjects. When he died from AIDS complications in 1989 at the age of 57, Gedney's photographs and writings were left to Lee Friedlander and Gedney's brother, Richard, who donated the collection to the Special Collections Library at Duke. Short Distances and Definite Places: The Photographs of William Gedney, an exhibition of his work at the Juanita Kreps Gallery at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, will be opening with a reception Friday, April 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A film series and a special panel discussion featuring Allan Gurganus will accompany the exhibition. Call 660-3663 for details.
North Carolina native Richard Stenhouse will be exhibiting a collection of self-portrait drawings at Somerhill Gallery in Chapel Hill from April 22 through May 18. In these new works, Stenhouse portrays himself as a number of assumed personas from various periods of history. ("Self-Portrait as Frida Kahlo pictured) Dirk Bach will be exhibiting his Escher-like drawings as well in this joint exhibition. Call 968-8868 for details.