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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
June 27 - August 15, 2009
St. Louis, MO

phd
presents:

Tom Bianchi:
Memories of Fire Island

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 27th at 7 PM
No admission fee. The artist will be attending.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION...

Before gay marriage, before "don't ask-don't tell," before AIDS, and even before Stonewall... there was Fire Island. Part Garden of Eden, part Sodom and Gomorah, this tiny little barrier to Long Island, just south of the Hamptons, was as much a state of mind as it was a destination. Synonymous with freedom to gays around the word, Fire Island was the ultimate mecca where gays and lesbians who often lived their lives in secret, were free to be who they were, among their own, living and playing without judgment or scorn.

Internationally renowned photographer, Tom Bianchi, captured that era on film. Using a Polaroid SX-70, Tom Bianchi shot more than 6,000 images of his summers in the Pines. The images, captured by a camera that produced results in a few seconds, long before the days of digital exposures, have no special lighting, no darkroom effects and no editing. The sincerity and integrity of the images are faithfully reproduced as limited edition archival prints each signed and numbered by the artist.

Over 24 images from Memories of Fire Island and a selection of his classical black and white nudes will be on view.

phd
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, Noon to 4:00 PM or by appointment.
2300 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118  Map 
314.664.6644
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“I know my little ‘dirty drawings’ are never going to hang in the main salons of the Louvre, but it would be nice if — I would like to say ‘when,’ but I better say ‘if’ — our world learns to accept all the different ways of loving. Then maybe I could have a place in one of the smaller side rooms.” (1991)
— Tom of Finland