Before his death from AIDS in 1987 at age fifty-three, Hujar was an influential figure in New York’s downtown demimonde. (Nan Goldin once said she never would have become a photographer if it had not been for Hujar.) Hujar’s photographic work is held together less by subject or style than by a particular sensibility: intimate and somber, carnal yet formally refined, cool yet oddly emotional, like a sad song with a good beat. He made this compelling self-portrait in a master class taught by Richard Avedon and Marvin Israel that was also attended by Diane Arbus.
Inscription: Peter Hujar Archive number inscribed in ink on adhesive paper label affixed to mount, verso BR: "EPH1315-1".
Estate of Peter Hijar (The Peter Hujar Archive); [Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, 2011]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 60," September 11, 2012–January 13, 2013.
Hujar, Peter. Peter Hujar: Animals and Nudes. 1st ed. Santa Fe: Twin Palms Publishers, 2002. unpaginated.