Peter Hujar was an American photographer, famous for his portrait work, and also for male nudes and erotic and pornography work.
Peter Hujar was in the galaxy revolving aroung Andy Warhol's "Factory", and was himself part of Warhol's series "The Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys".
Hujar prematurely died of AIDS in 1987, and his work was not fully acknowledged until it was "rediscovered" in the early 2000s. His works are now part of the most famous collections (MoMA, Art Institute, etc.)
Among the posthumous photobooks published about his work: "Peter Hujar: Animals and Nudes" (Twin Palms, 2002), "Peter Hujar: Love & Lust" (Fraenkel Gallery, 2014), "Peter Hujar: Lost Downtown" (Steidl, 2016).
© Self-portrait taken from the website of the Maureen Paley gallery, representing Peter Hujar's work.
Original presentation by Twin Palms (2002): " When Peter Hujar (1934–1987) died at the age of fifty-three, his remarkable oeuvre fell into neglect. Sporadic exhibitions and catalogues failed to give Hujar his critical due or make the work widely accessible. Now, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of his first book, Portraits in Life and...
Publisher's presentation: "Celebrated and revered by artists, the work of Peter Hujar remains something of a public secret, but his photographs dealing with sex and eroticism, made between the years 1969 and 1986, have come to define a certain era in New York. Today they are widely considered to be among his finest and most radical work. Hujar’s view of...