In the late 1980s, when Gatewood moved to San Francisco, the artist David Glenn Rinehart met the late photographer Charles Gatewood. Based on Gatewood’s body of work, which covers a wide range of topics like social protest, alternative culture, celebrity portraits, rock and roll, body modification, and much more, Rinehart expected Gatewood to be intimidating or “maybe even a little scary,” but that was so far from the truth.
Gatewood, who died in San Francisco in 2016 at the age of 73, did just about everything in his career. He did a lot of things like take pictures, write, make videos, and teach. He wrote more than a dozen books and had about 50 one-person shows.
Rinehart made a website for Gatewood to use as a “calling card” when trying to sell his archive, and Gatewood gave Rinehart the Leica M2 that he used to take many of his famous photos. Rinehart is selling the camera and the 50mm Dual-Range Summicron lens. The money from the sale will go to Rinehart’s favorite charity. The listing has gotten some interest, so Rinehart will wait until October 1 to sell it. He wants to give as much money as possible to charity. On Craigslist, you can find out more about the sale.
The Gatewood archives did find a home because of Rinehart’s website for Gatewood. They can be found at the Bancroft Library at the University of California in Berkeley. In Gatewood’s archives, there are about 83,000 negatives and prints, as well as documentaries, manuscripts, diaries, and other things. The archive is not available online, which is too bad.
But with the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, you can see some of Gatewood’s work and find out more about his career. More of Gatewood’s work can be seen at Vice and Sensitive Skin. In 1985, for his book “Wall Street,” Gatewood was given the Leica Medal of Excellence for Outstanding Humanistic Photojournalism. This was one of many awards and honors he received.