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
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.