Published: October 17, 2000
NEW YORK CITY – The Old Print Shop will host an exhibition of ; on view will be his early black and white work. Starting in the 1950s, Gescheidt began photographing life’s little details on the streets and beaches of America. With an eye for the sublime and the humor that happens in every day life, he captured many engaging images of American life in the 1950s and 1960s.
Gescheidt was born in Queens, New York in 1926. He won a scholarship to the Art Student’s League and studied with Will Barnet and Harry Sternberg. After a brief stint in the Navy during WWII, he went to the University of New Mexico and studied with Raymond Johnson. It was during this time that he decided to become a photographer and transferred to the Los Angeles Art Center School where he studied with George Hoyningen-Huene.
Gescheidt has had a distinguished career as an artist and photographer. His photomontages made him famous and he has been described as “the Charlie Chaplin of the camera” and “America’s foremost photo-satirist.” His work first appeared in Life magazine in 1951 and in August 1970 Life gave him a two page spread. He spent three years working with Oui magazine in a space entitled “Gescheit’s World.” He also produced over 150 record album covers and 100 pocketbook covers.
The exhibition, “,” will run the month of October in The Old Print Shop’s second floor gallery at 150 Lexington Avenue, between 29 and 30th Streets. Featured will be over fifty of his captivating black and white images. After the show comes down, the work will be added to The Old Print Shop’s growing collection of American photography.
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