September 9 – November 11, 2017
Opening reception Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 5 – 8 pm
On September 9, 2017, PDNB Gallery will be exhibiting for the first time, photographs of the infamous Texas criminals, Bonnie & Clyde. These historical photographs are from the personal collection of PDNB Gallery Director, Burt Finger. This exhibition highlights the deadly aftermath of a two-year manhunt for America's most romanticized criminal couple. Warning: Parental Discretion advised due to vivid imagery of the crime scene.
During the “Public Enemy Era” of the early 30's with criminal superstars as John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and Al Capone, the American public became enamored with Bonnie and Clyde's exploits. In 1933, after a police shootout in a Joplin, Missouri hideout, Bonnie and Clyde left two police officers dead and a roll of undeveloped film. The discovered film showed the couple posed as stereotypical outlaws with guns, cigars, and cars. These images sensationalized Bonnie and Clyde to full stardom when the Joplin Globe had them published.
On May 23, 1934, a team led by Texas Ranger captain, Frank Hamer, tracked down Bonnie and Clyde in Louisiana where they would ambush the couple on Highway 54. It was documented that 107 rounds of bullets were shot in less than 2 minutes. Many bullets shot through the car, both bodies, then out the other side. Each body had been hit fifty times each. Though this was a long awaited victory for justice, America's dangerous sweethearts were gone.
The exhibition features photographs of the ambush aftermath: the get away car, Texas Ranger Captain, Frank Hamer, and a post mortem of the couple. Also included is an earlier photograph, “Bonnie & Clyde, Kissing & Embracing.”