I was blown away finding these photos by Charles Greenwood. The composition, shadows and architectural precision of lines — its almost like studying Orson Wells or Hitchcock cinematic stills.
Between 1972 and 1976 Gatewood made frequent trips to New York’s financial district…these images are ethereal, formal and emotionally void with an underlying theme of capitalism and control. This work was supported by two fellowships from the NY State Council for the Arts, and when the book Wall Street was published in 1984, Gatewood was awarded the Leica Medal of Excellence for Humanistic Photojournalism. This classic photographic essay currently out of print represents some of Gatewood’s finest work.
Excerpt from introduction to “Wall Street” by A.D Coleman:
A mutual friend claims that money is the real obscenity of our age: people will detail their most intimate sex acts before they’ll reveal their salaries or net worth. If there’s truth in that, then what Gatewood has delivered up here is a set of visual metaphors for that most secret perversion, high finance.
Since 1964, Gatewood has documented such diverse subjects as social protest, alternative culture, celebrity portraits, rock and roll, body modification, and the Wall Street area of lower Manhattan.
Source: Charles Gatewood