Charles Gatewood, the legendary, award-winning underground photographer, author, artist, educator and “anthropologist of American counter-culture”, passed away on April 28, 2016 after sustaining severe injuries from a fall off his third-story balcony in San Francisco. He was 73 years old.
Many of Gatewood’s friends took to social media to express their condolences and memories.
Tribute to Charles Gatewood. I never met him. I have a single photo from him but I've always appreciated what he's helped this industry do and the moments he has captured so we as Piercers can be reminded where our industry comes from. I am young I did not get to experience almost any of the start of our industry so thank you. #bodypiercing #photography
In addition to his active photography, Gatewood maintained an expansive archive that he discusses in a series of videos on YouTube.
Rest in Peace Charles. We hope you have your camera with you wherever you are.