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Peter Hujar

John Rothermel in Fashion Pose, 1971

Vintage gelatin-silver print
20 × 16 in
50.8 × 40.6 cm
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Peter Hujar (1934–1987) died of AIDS at age fifty-three, leaving behind a complex and profound body …

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Peter Hujar (1934–1987) died of AIDS at age fifty-three, leaving behind a complex and profound body of photographs. Hujar was a leading figure in the group of artists, musicians, writers, and performers at the forefront of the cultural scene in downtown New York in the 1970s and early '80s. His first book,

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The Peter Hujar Archive LLC, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Peter Hujar
American, 1934–1987
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Hujar, who died of AIDS in 1987, left behind a complex and profound body of photographs. He was a leading figure in the group of artists, musicians, writers, and performers at the forefront of the cultural scene in downtown New York in the 1970s and early '80s, and was enormously admired for his completely uncompromising attitude towards work and life. He was a consummate technician, and his portraits of people, animals, and landscapes, with their exquisite black-and-white tonalities, were extremely influential. Highly emotional yet stripped of excess, Hujar's photographs are always beautiful, although rarely in a conventional way. His extraordinary first book, Portraits in Life and Death, with an introduction by Susan Sontag, was published in 1976, but his "difficult" personality and refusal to pander to the marketplace ensured that it was his last publication during his lifetime.

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About the work
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Peter Hujar (1934–1987) died of AIDS at age fifty-three, leaving behind a complex and profound body …

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Peter Hujar (1934–1987) died of AIDS at age fifty-three, leaving behind a complex and profound body of photographs. Hujar was a leading figure in the group of artists, musicians, writers, and performers at the forefront of the cultural scene in downtown New York in the 1970s and early '80s. His first book,

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Medium
Photography
Signature
Estate-stamped
Image rights
The Peter Hujar Archive LLC, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Peter Hujar
American, 1934–1987
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Hujar, who died of AIDS in 1987, left behind a complex and profound body of photographs. He was a leading figure in the group of artists, musicians, writers, and performers at the forefront of the cultural scene in downtown New York in the 1970s and early '80s, and was enormously admired for his completely uncompromising attitude towards work and life. He was a consummate technician, and his portraits of people, animals, and landscapes, with their exquisite black-and-white tonalities, were extremely influential. Highly emotional yet stripped of excess, Hujar's photographs are always beautiful, although rarely in a conventional way. His extraordinary first book, Portraits in Life and Death, with an introduction by Susan Sontag, was published in 1976, but his "difficult" personality and refusal to pander to the marketplace ensured that it was his last publication during his lifetime.

Peter Hujar

John Rothermel in Fashion Pose, 1971

Vintage gelatin-silver print
20 × 16 in
50.8 × 40.6 cm
Bidding closed
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