Charles Gatewood, American photographer, Died at 73


Charles Gatewood was born on November 8, 1942, and died on April 28, 2016.

He was a photographer, writer, videographer, artist and educator, living and working in San Francisco, California.

From 1960 to 1964, Gatewood attended the University of Missouri, majoring in Anthropology.

He graduated in 1963 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in art history.

While his was completing his first year of graduate work, in 1964, Gatewood met George W. Gardner, a gifted student photographer.

Charles credits George Gardner’s work and a Museum of Modern Art photography book, “The Family of Man” as influences that helped him choose a career in photography.

Charles lived and worked in Stockholm, Sweden, from 1964 to 1966.

Gatewood enrolled at the University of Stockholm to study sociology and apprenticed with a group of documentary photographers.

On April 29, 1966, Charles worked the press conference and concert of musician Bob Dylan.

A photograph of “Dylan With Sunglasses and Cigarette,” was merge and was received worldwide publication.

It was Gatewood’s first sale, his first published picture.

Reports says “Taking the Bob Dylan photo gave me faith I could actually be a professional photographer,” says Gatewood.

His other celebrity photos during this time include Martin Luther King, Jr., Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Joan Baez, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

Charles Gatewood passed away at 73 yrs old.