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SUMMER COLLABORATION WITH OAK

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  This summer I’m pleased to announce a collection of shirts in collaboration with OAK. The shirts feature single polaroid images from Fire Island Pines | Polaroids 1975-1983 and are available as a limited edition. Join us, OAK, and our friends from Gayletter, next Tuesday, June 25th in the Ballroom of The Jane Hotel, NYC to celebrate the launch […]

THEN AND NOW

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I’m gratified to read the first wave of press on my book FIRE ISLAND PINES | Polaroids 1975-1983. In particular, the depiction of affection between men has been one of the first qualities picked up on by writers reviewing the work. When I shot the pictures for that book, the entwining of men’s limbs in […]

EMPEROR ARTSPEAK HAS NO CLOTHES

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Avedon once said that all his pictures were self-portraits. In a sense, this is true for every artist. The artist shows what is in his mind. I’ve come to a few conclusions about the art world. I’m not interested in academic discussions designed to make it appear that an artist is grappling with profound thoughts. […]

I AM JOHN BOEHNER’S SON

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This morning I saw an interview in which John Boehner said he would oppose marriage equality even if his son was gay. When I heard that my father’s second wife had died, I called him to offer my condolences. I told him that I could empathize with his grief having just gone through the death […]

NEW YORK TO ITALY

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Ben and I are in New York working on the new Fire Island Polaroid book with our D.A.P. production crew. Our friends Jay and Mark loaned us their NY penthouse for our stay – and the owners of the Empire State Building lit it up a purple pink. Made us feel right at home. We […]

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013

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So much of last year was about Fire Island Pines where Ben and I spent over a month preparing for the new book out next spring.  A good part of the new year will also be about that subject as the book enters our communal history. Back in the 70’s and 80’s, I documented the […]

FIRE ISLAND PINES – IMAGE LAYOUT

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The last time you saw these pictures they were in a box and being assembled in binders. Last week Ben and I sent the first draft layout of the new book to our editor in New York. The book is due out next spring, published by Damiani. We’re glad to give our site readers and […]

FIRE ISLAND PINES – EDITING BEGINS

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It’s only taken 37 years to get my Fire Island SX-70 Polaroids published as a book. Damiani / D.A.P. will release a 212 page book of these pictures next spring. Damiani is an art book publisher / printer in Bologna who produces fine art books for world known artists and institutions. We’re super pleased to […]

TIME TO CELEBRATE

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A storm cloud has hung over us. As of last night, when we reelected Barack Obama, the cloud has begun to lift. I‘d feared that too many fellow citizens were such frightened and unconscious souls that they were buying the glib lies of men whose pursuit of power and wealth was their preeminent agenda. Many […]

WHAT IS IT WE SEE?

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Ben and I often find ourselves discussing the line between art and pornography. That discussion in the art world has caused many artists over time to hide their work when it deals candidly with sexual imagery. I’ve been familiar with the work of Paul Cadmus ever since I began looking at male figurative imagery – […]