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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Close to You: 1972

Close to You: 1972

"Cornett family, Kentucky, 1972. Girls by car." The Cornett women, like the menfolk, seemed to congregate around cars. Photograph by William Gedney. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.

Baristas

These two could be leaning on the counter of any trendy coffee shop in the US today. Their hair and clothes are right in style, and their indifferent expressions are (I hate to say it) typical.

It's just a family photograph

taken by a skilled professional photographer. Good composition, good lighting, nice hair, smooth skin, eyes that look right at me ... where was I?

It's a good thing

The Cornett women sure are a lot prettier than the men are handsome!

Barefoot girls dancing in the moonlight

These girls could bring to life the John Fogerty lyric in "Green River."

Cooool!

Love this picture

The tough years

You can't make us smile, We are trying to be cool and not too eager! Great picture!! Love his work.

Not quite the same

The Cornett ladies differ from the Cornett menfolk in that they have shirts on.

Expressionism

These beautiful young women seem very guarded if not very dubious. Is it the photographer or is it the era? There is a vast gulf between these expressions and those of half a century or more before these were taken.

The Important Question

What model Chevys are these?

 
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