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Famous Gay Photographers Series - Peter Hujar


Peter Hujar (1934-1987) lived and worked in New York City. He photographed a wide array of subject matter: nudes, animals, fashion, still lifes, Italian landscapes, erotica, street people, and transvestites, always finding beauty in unexpected places.

Hujar's best-known photograph, "Candy Darling on her Deathbed" (1973), is both gentle and heroic. His ability to show compassion is a constant in his work, from his early portraits of handicapped children to his late self-portraits.
In 1994, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam joined the Fotomuseum in Z├╝rich to assemble the first major exhibition of Hujar's work. The retrospective included some 183 images and an accompanying catalogue entitled Peter Hujar: A Retrospective. Hujar died of an AIDS-related illness in 1987.






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