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Peter Hujar : Speed of Life

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There is nothing smooth in Peter Hujar‘s work, aside from the surface of the gelatin silver prints currently on view at the Musée du Jeu de Paume in Paris. Like Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe, between whom his body of work is often situated, his hunting ground was New York. Trained in fashion and studio photography (he was an assistant for Richard Avedon, amongst others), he began a freelance career in 1967. But his heart was really in his art. Influenced by the tight cropping of Lisette Model, he deployed his talent as a portrait photographer, capturing the fauna of...

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