Peter Hujar

Peter Hujar
*1934 Trenton, New Jersey – 1987 New York City
At the height of the Gay Liberation movement, Peter Hujar was part of the hedonistic wave of emancipation that swept through the New York’s East Village and Lower East Side. He witnessed and was personally affected by this social transformation which started with the liberating rush of heroin and ended with AIDS. The form of his images, however, does not echo the excesses of that time. Instead, they are quietly posed explorations of the essence of human identity.