Artist Statement: Now and again, you happen upon something that just leaves you stunned in utter amazement. Such was the case over forty years ago when I drove up to the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink, and such is the case today, as I have recently unboxed the proof sheets and scanned all 800 negatives. Revisiting this visual time capsule so much has come back to me, especially how emotionally dynamic the rink scene was with all the young people. Remember, that was the fall of 1972 into the spring of 1973. Yes, "the times, they were-a-changin'” back then. The 1960's and 1970's were all about the "great upheaval in the social fabric of America" -- the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the Sexual Revolution, the Women's Movement, the counterculture, political protests in the streets, drugs, rock and roll, new-found freedoms, and experimentation.


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Bill has been photographing since he was given his first camera as a kid just before a flight in his father's Cessna 195 'Tail-dragger.' Thus began a lifelong fascination with views from above not only as a fixed -wing pilot, but also as member of a U.S. Naval Aviation squadron. He hold a BA from University of South Florida and an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. He studied with Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Garry Winogrand, among other master fine art photographers. Bill had a one man show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and has exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, as well as other museums and galleries throughout the United States.

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Untitled R32-9 (Schnapps Boy), 1972-1973
Gelatin Silver Print on Iford Paper
Work: 11 x 14 in (27.94 x 35.56 cm) - 8x8 inch print on 11x14 inch paper
Frame: 14 x 15 in (35.56 x 38.1 cm)
Courtesy of the Artist
on verso

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Bill Yates

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Untitled R32-9 (Schnapps Boy)
  • Dimensions
    11 x 14 in (27.94 x 35.56 cm) - 8x8 inch print on 11x14 inch paper