Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay


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Learn more about the conversation between Anthony Friedkin and Julian Cox at LACMA.
Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay
was written by Julian Cox with a contribution from Nayland Blake and poetry by Eileen Myles.

For more than forty years, American photographer Anthony Friedkin (b. 1949), has documented people, cities, and landscapes primarily in his home state of California. During the culturally tumultuous years of 1969 and 1970, Friedkin made a series of photographs that he called The Gay Essay that together offer an eloquent and expressive visual chronicle of the gay communities of Los Angeles and San Francisco at the time.

1969 witnessed the Stonewall riots in New York City and was a turning point in the history of community building and organized political activism among homosexuals in the United States.  The Gay Essay provides a singular, intimate record of this crucial moment. Friedkin’s portraits, taken in streets, hotels, bars, and dancehalls, demonstrate a sensitivity and an understanding that has imbued the photographs with an enduring resonance. 

- Paper over board cover
- 144 pages, 11.75 x 11 x 0.5 in.
- 100 b&w illustrations (75 are full-page plates)
- 2014

SKU: 27878

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