Wonderful feature from Nero Magazine in Italy, with six classic images by Peter Hujar and words by the Italian poet Amelia Rosselli, out now!
Be Sweet, Newark, 1985
Taken on one of several trips through abandoned buildings and ruins in Newark and the Meadowlands with David Wojnarowicz. Hujar captured images of the interiors of burned out apartment buildings, churches, and wrecked cars in Newark, New Jersey, as well as the smokestacks and industrial detritus of the Meadowlands.
portrait of David Wojnarowicz by Peter Hujar, 1981.
This is actually a portrait of the performance artist Ethyl Eichelberger from 1978.
Ethyl Eichelberger at Area, NYC, 1984
Dye destruction print
24 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (61.6 x 41.9 cm)
Photograph of Ethyl Eichelberger taken at Peter Hujar’s 50th birthday party at Area nightclub.
Recently I sat down with Stephen Koch, the Director of the Peter Hujar Archive, to discuss a few of the stories behind some of Hujar’s best-known photographs. Hujar, who died of AIDS in 1987, 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 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, have been very influential on subsequent photographers.
Stephen was a close friend of Hujar’s and has been the Director of the Archive since Hujar’s death. Below are some excerpts from our conversation:
"Iggy Pop" by Peter Hujar
Taken in 1969 for GQ Magazine.
Brooklyn Hot Rods, 1976
Check out the Chevy Impala! We can’t tell what the other model is - anyone know?
This is one of the best mini-bios of Peter Hujar written so far, in our opinion. By Linda Rapp for the great site “glbtq, and encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer culture”!
"He was like the parent I never had, like the brother I never had. He helped me drop a lot of the shit I carried from the streets - the pain, the fear, the guilt. Stuff I could barely speak to people about. I remember revealing to him that I’d been a hustler our second night together. We were…
Candy Darling Letter to Peter Hujar about her hospital bed portrait, October 31, 1973.
Thank you for at last sending me the contact sheet. I would like two prints of all the ones I have marked. Please call me at xxx-xxx-4219 and tell me how much they will be and I will send you a check.
I am very anxious to get these pictures as I want them printed in Interview and you will get photo credit.
My fans would feel cheated if they didn’t get to see what I looked like in my hospital bed. I think you know how I feel.
Please be speedy Peter this means a lot to me and after the hell I’ve been through I think I deserve this little favor. So call me right away O.K. thanks. I’ll be seeing you soon.