Nude Self-Portrait, #3

Peter Hujar American

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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.

Nude Self-Portrait, #3, Peter Hujar (American, Trenton, New Jersey 1934–1987 New York), Gelatin silver print

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