Remembering the Gong Show. Contestants, 1977 – Steven Eilenberg

  • Gong Show 2
  • Gong Show 16
  • Gong Show 15
  • Gong Show 7
  • Gong Show 10
  • Gong Show 12
  • Gong Show 11
  • Gong Show Mark Goodwin
  • Gong Show 9
  • Gong Show 4
  • Gong Show 14
  • Gong Show 1
  • Gong Show 8
  • Gong Show 17
  • Gong Show 6
  • Gong Show 13
  • Gong Show 3
  • Gong Show William Pryor
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I recently gained access to discarded Gong Show contestant application forms , found in a Los Angles garbage can. These are the scanned  interview polaroid photographs and include direct quotes from their applications. The images were scanned on a high resolution flatbed scanner and restored using photoshop.

For me, these photographs defy categorization. Far from Hollywood head-shots, they are reminiscent of mugshots. The faces are often pensive, some melancholic. Is this momentary regret, the end of a long day, or have  they been pushed as part of the interview test process?

I have tried to search out these contestants. I have many questions. None have responded. Some are dead, others selling cars, working construction, and one enjoyed fleeting fame as an extra on “Different Strokes”. Dyn-o-mite!

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” unattributed. – Steve Eilenberg