From the Closet to the Beach: A Photographer's View of Gay Life on Fire Island From 1975 to 1983

  title={From the Closet to the Beach: A Photographer's View of Gay Life on Fire Island From 1975 to 1983},
  author={T. J. Thomson},
  journal={Visual Communication Quarterly},
  pages={15 - 3}
  • T. Thomson
  • Published 2 January 2018
  • Art
  • Visual Communication Quarterly
Documentary representations of queer life in the United States have historically been absent or context poor, especially prior to the onset of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Noted photographer Tom Bianchi bucked this trend and offered an alternative view of gay life in the 1970s and 1980s through his 2013 photo book, Fire Island Pines: Polaroids, 1975–1983. The work provides a much-needed window into gay life during this period where cameras were regarded as threats, and scant documentary-style… 



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