Peter Hujar, ‘Susan Sontag’, 1975, Photography, Gelatin silver print, Phillips
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Peter Hujar

Susan Sontag, 1975

Gelatin silver print
14 4/5 × 14 4/5 in
37.5 × 37.5 cm
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Signed, title, dated in pencil by Stephen Koch, Executor, archive, estate and copyright credit stamps on the verso.
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, ‘Susan Sontag’, 1975, Photography, Gelatin silver print, Phillips
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About the work
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Signed, title, dated in pencil by Stephen Koch, Executor, archive, estate and copyright credit stamps on the verso.
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

Susan Sontag, 1975

Gelatin silver print
14 4/5 × 14 4/5 in
37.5 × 37.5 cm
Bidding closed
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