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Jimmy DeSana (American, 1949–1990)
Silver dye bleach print
Image: 33 x 48.2 cm (13 x 19 in.)
Frame: 51.8 x 68.4 cm (20 3/8 x 26 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, 2012
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© The Jimmy De Sana Trust
Not on view
De Sana was a key figure in the East Village art scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. His book Submission features gritty black-and-white photographs of S&M acts staged by De Sana and his friends for the camera. In 1979 he began to employ lurid color and dramatic lighting to tableaux that treated the human body as just another camera prop. This photograph of a nude model wearing a leather handbag over his head and a shoe as a codpiece is a humorous commentary on the fetish as both sexual totem and commodity.
Inscription: Inscribed in blue ink by Laurie Simmons on print, verso BR: "Copyright © 1980 // Jimmy De Sana Trust // This image may not be reproduced in // any way whatsoever without written // permission from the Jimmy DE SANA Trust // Laurie Simmons [signature, underlined] // Laurie Simmons, executor. // Untitled, 1980 ed. 1/12".
Estate of Jimmy De Sana; [Wilkinson Gallery, London]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographs. "Grand Illusions: Staged Photography from the Collection," August 10, 2015–November 15, 2015.

DeSana, Jimmy. Jimmy DeSana: Suburban, edited by Dan Nadel, and Laurie Simmons. New York: Aperture, 2015. p. 17.

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