Peter Hujar

Cindy Lubar as Queen Victoria, 1974

Gelatin-silver print, 37 x 37.2 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur
Inv. no. 1995-001-010
© 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC

Peter Hujar
1934 (Trenton, US) - 1987 (New York, US)

At the height of the Gay Liberation movement, Peter Hujar was part of the hedonistic wave of emancipation that swept through the New York’s East Village and Lower East Side. He witnessed and was personally affected by this social transformation which started with the liberating rush of heroin and ended with AIDS. The form of his images, however, does not echo the excesses of that time. Instead, they are quietly posed explorations of the essence of human identity.