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Spotlight Photography: Gay Male
 
  Although sparse in images documenting the gay community, Pre-Stonewall Gay Male Photography blurs the boundaries between art, erotica, and social history. Post-Stonewall Gay Male Photography merits recognition for its contribution to fine art, documentation, photo-journalism, and advertising, as well as erotica.  
 
 
  Crawford Bartond Crawford Barton (1943-1993) was a photographer who captured the blossoming of an openly gay culture in San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s. His work blurs the lines between fine art and documentary, the explicitly sexual and the quietly intimate, and between the personal and the political.  
 
 
  Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), the celebrated English photographer of cultural icons and royalty, described himself as a "terrible, terrible homosexualist."  
 
 
  F. Holland Day F. Holland Day (1864-1933) created homoerotic photographs notable for their relation to fin de siècle cultural interests.  
 
 
  George Dureau (b. 1930) is best known for his male figure studies, narrative paintings, and for his black-and-white photographs, which often feature street youths, dwarfs, and amputees.  
 
 
  Thomas Eakins Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) was primarily a painter, but soon after photographic technology became available, he became an active maker of photographic nude studies to use as drawing aids in the classroom, a radically open policy that engendered loyalty from his students but harsh criticism from his academy colleagues.  
 
 
  Rotimi Fani-Kayode Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989) was one of the most important black photographers of the late twentieth century.  
 
 
  Gilbert and George (Gilbert Proesch, b. 1943, and George Passmore, b. 1942) are two of the most important avant-garde artists on the international art scene of the late twentieth- and early twenty-first centuries. Their challenging and controversial work explores themes ranging from city life, religion, scatology, and homosexuality.  
 
 
  Wilhelm von Gloeden Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856-1931) was one of the earliest photographers of the male nude. His best known images--those enormously popular among the Victorians--depict nude or scantily clad boys in mythological scenes, but many of his other images are ahistorical, elegant studies of the male body.  
 
 
  Sunil Gupta Sunil Gupta (b. 1953) is an internationally prominent artist who has gained recognition for his achievements as a photographer, curator, and cultural activist. In all of these endeavors, Gupta has explored multiple sexual, racial, and cultural identities and challenged restrictive conventions.  
 
 
  David Hockney David Hockney (b. 1937) established himself as one of the liveliest and most versatile visual artists of his generation in the 1960s. Through the years since, he has expanded that reputation with prodigious productivity.  
 
 
  Horst Horst P. Horst (1906-1999), a German-born naturalized American society and fashion photographer, created some of the most memorable images of the mid-twentieth century.  
 
 
  Art by Peter Hujar Peter Hujar (1934-1987) created stark, stunning, affecting, and sometimes disturbing images in black and white. His oeuvre ranged from portraits of famous writers and artists to homoerotic subjects and pictures of domestic animals.  
 
 
  Glenn Ligon (b. 1960) is an African-American mixed-media artist who often conflates issues of race and gender.  
 
 
  Herbert List (1903-1975) created images of young men that are at once homoerotic and avant garde in technique and sensibility. Today, List is probably best known for his posthumously published book Junge Männer, which contains over seventy images of idyllic young men and boys lying in the sun, swimming, wrestling, or innocently staring into the camera's lens.  
 
 
  George Platt Lynes George Platt Lynes (1907-1955) was an American photographer whose greatest work may have been his homoerotic dance images and male nudes.  
 
 
  Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) created controversial images that typically combine rigorously formal composition with extreme and often sadomasochistic subject matter.  
 
 
  Duane Michals (b. 1932) is an American photographer who represents same-sex love and spirituality as compellingly as he does same-sex desire.  
 
 
  Stathis Orphanos Stathis Orphanos (b.1940) and his life and business partner Ralph Sylvester (b. 1934) are well-known for their meticulously executed books, which are avidly collected by lovers of fine printing. Orphanos is also a photographer who created portraits of many key figures in glbtq culture during the second half of the twentieth century.  
 
 
  Pierre et Gilles (founded 1976) create painted photographs that capture the nuances of modern gay life.  
 
 
  George Quaintance George Quaintance (1902-1957) was one of the most influential figures in a unique American style of art and one of the most flamboyant and interesting gay characters for four decades of the twentieth century.  
 
 
  Herb Ritts (1952-2002) is best known for his magazine covers, celebrity photos, and ad campaigns for prestigious clients.  
 
 
  Mel Roberts Mel Roberts (b. 1923) is a photographer and activist who captured the California Dream in his images of Southern California hikers, bikers, surfers, and skateboarders during the 1960s and 1970s.  
 
 
  Jack Robinson Jack Robinson (1928-1997) was a Mississippi-born photographer who came to prominence in the 1960s as a result of the stunning fashion and celebrity photographs he shot for such magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. He created striking images of the era's cultural icons, particularly young actors, artists, and musicians.  
 
 
  Francesco Scavullo Francesco Scavullo (1929-2004) is best known for his work in fashion and for his magazine covers, especially those he created for Cosmopolitan, but he was also a masterful portrait photographer.  
 
 
  Wolfgang Tillmans Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968) is an important contemporary photographer who synthesizes classic photographic genres. Tillmans' representations of gay men are an important aspect of his art.  
 
 
  Arthur Tress Arthur Tress (b. 1940) creates uncompromising, poetic images that are the stuff of dreams. Some of his work captures the pleasures of male-male desire while his Hospital series (1984-1987) garishly depicts the horrors of the medical system's treatment of AIDS patients.  
 
 
  Bruce Weber (b. 1946), one of the world's most popular photographers, has re-envisioned male beauty. Working for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and a slew of other designers, Weber became one of the preeminent photographers of the fashion industry in the 1980s and continues to be one of the world's most popular commercial photographers.  
 
 
  Minor White (1908-1976), one of the most influential photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, created fascinating photographs of male nudes but did not exhibit them for fear of scandal.  
 
 
  David Wojnarowicz David Wojnarowicz (1954-1992) used his art to indict those he held responsible for the AIDS epidemic.  
 
 
 

 
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