Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink

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Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink

Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink

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Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink is a royal road to that special time in 1972-1973—when the love generation in America was at its height. The U.S. was reeling from years of war and turbulent social change and progress, but the early 70s was still a time of innocence and exploration. Sweetheart shows us the joyful vigor, fashion, and play of that young crowd searching for fun, escape, and identity in a roller rink on the outskirts of Tampa, Florida and reveals, in a candid and clear-eyed way, a time that you only thought you knew. The photographic gaze of the twenty-five-year-old Yates is exceptional. Freshly returned from his tour of military service, Yates was still young enough to understand and relate to this crowd but no longer part of their world. There is a raw power of deep seeing here. His camera and stance toward his subjects assumes nothing. And therefore it reveals everything. 

Released 2016
76 Black & White Photographs
156 Pages
11.5" x 11"
Signed Special Edition of 90
Essay by Alexander Nemerov
ISBN 978-0-9799-3-7972

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Silver Winner in Book Design and Photography Art Book

The British Journal of Photography




The Bitter Southerner


L'Oeil de la Photographie

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New Orleans Advocate

VICE France

Bill Yates graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Art and Photography and from the Rhode Island School of Design with a MFA in Photography. He has studied with Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Garry Winogrand. His work has exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, and more. Yates was the curatorial consultant for photography at the Corcoran and Director of the University Gallery at New Mexico State University. He now has a studio in Jacksonville, FL.