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Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

85/8 x 93/4 in. (22 x 25 cm) 208 pages 160 black-and-white images Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59711-414-1 US $50.00 / CAD $67.95 / UK £40.00 April 2017 Copublished by Aperture and Fundación MAPFRE

Texts by Philip Gefter, Joel Smith, and Steve Turtell Chronology and Bibliography by Joel Smith and Martha Scott Burton

• The only comprehensive survey of this influential queer artist • Leading essayists establish Hujar’s place in the history of photography • Hujar has a cult following among art, photography, and queer audiences

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Peter Hujar was an influential figure of the downtown New York scene of the 1970s and ’80s, most well-known for his photographs of male nudes, and his portraits of New York City’s artists, musicians, writers, and performers, including Susan Sontag, William S. Burroughs, David Wojnarowicz, and Andy Warhol. Over 160 photographs and illustrations are now gathered in Peter Hujar: Speed of Life. Published alongside a major touring exhibition, this collection presents Hujar’s famous portraiture as well as his lesser-known projects. Peter Hujar died of AIDS in 1987, leaving behind a complex and profound body of photographs. Since his death his work has been the subject of major retrospectives and is included in permanent collections around the world. Joel Smith is the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. Philip Gefter is the author of Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe (2014), a biography of Sam Wagstaff, and Photography After Frank (Aperture, 2009), a book of essays about photography. He produced the 2011 documentary Bill Cunningham New York. Gefter was on staff at the New York Times for fifteen years, where he wrote regularly about photography. He is currently at work on a biography of Richard Avedon. Steve Turtell is a poet and the author of Heroes and Householders (2009) and Letter to Frank O’Hara (2011), which won the 2010 ReBound chapbook prize given by Seven Kitchens Press. He is currently working on Peter Hujar: Invisible Master. Martha Scott Burton is curatorial assistant at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York, and the founder and editor of Turtledove Press. Exhibition Schedule: Fundación MAPFRE, Barcelona January 26–May 20, 2017 Fotomuseum The Hague, the Netherlands July 1–October 15, 2017 Morgan Library and Museum, New York January 26–May 20, 2018 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California July 11–October 7, 2018

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