The photography of Peter Hujar

March 19, 2014

Peter Hujar was a prominent photographer of New York during the 70’s and 80’s. He explored male sexuality through portraiture and highly complex books. In “Night” his portraits of strange men on park benches gazing fervently into the distance and intimate nude portraiture of his friends are juxtaposed against architectural photographs of the city at night. By combining these three elements the book paints a dense picture of reality and related the characters within the narrative to the strangeness of the city shrouded in night. His unwavering photographs show the subculture of homosexuality from a hauntingly beautiful New York of the past. Hujar died of AIDS in 1987.  

text written by Cole Tracy