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"Cornett family, Kentucky, 1972. Girls playing with Barbie dolls next to parked car." More members of the Cornett clan and its fleet of vehicles. William Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.
"Cornett family, 1964. Teenage boy smoking." An image from photographer William Gedney's first visit with the Cornett family in Leatherwood, Kentucky. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.
I thought I'd get on the 35mm black-and-white bandwagon with this one I shot on Kodak Plus-X in August 1963. A few weeks later my sister and her family moved into this, their new home in Diamond Bar, California. My brother (left) and I were down for a visit, so we all piled into their 1959 Rambler and headed out from their then-home base in South Gate to look the new place over. My sister is holding my niece, then 6 months old; I, seventeen years old, am behind the lens of my Kodak Retinette, then nine months old. Two years later, I stood on their front walk, turned around and took this shot. View full size.
"Cornett family, Kentucky, 1972. Boy looking out from truck bed." The youngster seen earlier in "Chevy Men." Print from 35mm negative by William Gedney. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.