Peter Hujar: Portaits in Life and Death. Introduction by Susan Sontag. Da Capo Press, Inc., New York, 1976. Unpaged. 11.25 x 10.25/28.5 x 26 cm.). Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 29 black-and-white reproductions.
"The overall effect of [Peter Hujar: Portaits in Life and Death ] was stunning and eerie. Every portrait whispered of transitory presence, mystery and oblivion."--Antony Hegarty (of Antony & the Johnsons), in a review of Hujar's 2007 exhibition at the ICA, London
"Peter Hujar (born 1934) died of AIDS in 1987, 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, and he 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 insured that it was his last publication during his lifetime."--from The Peter Hujar Archive
Fine- with some fading to board extremities; about Near Fine, price-clipped, dust jacket; with soiling to rear panel.