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Peter Hujar

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Peter Hujar is in many ways the prototypical lost photographer of the AIDS generation. Revered by critics, intellectuals, and photographers as diverse as Richard Avedon and Lynn Davis, his work influenced many but is known by few. For Hujar, New York was the perfect subject. Whereas most photographers attracted to the city concentrate on one aspect of its life, he was fascinated by it all. His files reveal street scenes, the famous, his friends, his friends' pets and children, and people he barely knew. He was drawn to the piers, the circus, empty streets, as well as the hustling street life of the city. Through all of the work runs a streak of melancholy that is its own poetry. Whereas Arbus photographed her subjects from the outside, Hujar's pictures come from the inside.

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