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Charles Gatewood, October 6th, 2010
People often ask about this photograph. Where was it taken? What was happening? I'm always happy to talk about this image, because of all the photos I've taken, "Miriam on the Waterbed...
Charles Gatewood, September 29th, 2010
People often ask—am I a voyeur? Well, yes I am. Obviously, I like to watch, especially when explosive subject matter pops my eyeballs. But that's just one level, one of many. A voyeur...
Charles Gatewood, September 22nd, 2010
On November 4, 1968, a sassy new tabloid newspaper appeared on New York newsstands. Screw cost twenty-five cents and was devoted entirely to sex and porn. Because of the growing demand for...
Charles Gatewood, September 15th, 2010
In 1969 a "serious documentary" called Pornography in Denmark opened in a New York movie theatre and didn't get busted. That opened the door to other explicit films, like Sex USA and...
Charles Gatewood, September 8th, 2010
Back in New York after shooting Mardi Gras, I got a call from Trixie, a six-foot drag queen (and fellow New Yorker) I'd photographed on Bourbon street. "You invited me to your studio,...
Charles Gatewood, September 1st, 2010
I learned a lot about homosexual culture by reading C.A. Tripp's book, The Homosexual Matrix. I was especially interested in Tripp's ideas about the nature of sexual arousal. Erotic...
Charles Gatewood, August 25th, 2010
In 1975, I discovered a wonderful book, The Homosexual Matrix, by C.A. Tripp. I learned a lot from that groundbreaking study. For example, there are subtle distinctions between men in drag, stage-...
Charles Gatewood, August 18th, 2010
In 1970, photographer George Gardner invited me to join him on a trip to photograph Mardi Gras madness in New Orleans. We drove there in George's old Pugeot, and slept in the car for a week. It...
Charles Gatewood, August 11th, 2010
In the fall of 1966, I started taking nude photos of neighborhood girls in my East Village tenement apartment. My favorite model was Suzy, the cute Italian-American babe who lived across the street...
Charles Gatewood, August 4th, 2010
Visionary poet Allen Ginsberg was a champion of free love and free expression, two of my favorite subjects. Years before, I eagerly followed the news when Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti of San...
Charles Gatewood, July 22nd, 2010
I met artist Joseph Westerfield after a jazz musician friend told me Joe needed a photographer to take erotic pictures of naked models and amorous couples. Well, I may be dumb, but I ain't crazy. I...
Charles Gatewood, July 28th, 2010
On a hot August day in 1966, I moved into a $52 tub-in-kitchen tenement apartment on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The building was a wrec, but it was filled with fun-loving artists and hippies. I...