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Baltimore Portraitsby Amos Badertscher
Synopses & Reviews
Baltimore Portraits is a unique presentation of photographs by Amos Badertscher. These portraitsandmdash;many accompanied by poignantly revealing, hand-written narratives about their subjectsandmdash;represent a sector of Baltimore that has gone largely unnoticed and rarely has been documented. In this volume, the assemblage of images of bar and street peopleandmdash;transvestites, strippers, drug addicts, drag queens, and hustlersandmdash;spans a twenty-year period from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. Badertscherandrsquo;s arresting and melancholy photographs document a culture that has virtually disappeared due to substance abuse, AIDS, and, often, societal or family neglect.
and#9;The photographerandrsquo;s focus on content rather than on elaborate technique reveals the intensely personalandmdash;and, indeed, autobiographicalandmdash;nature of his portraits. Their simplicity along with the textandrsquo;s intimacy affects the viewer in ways not easily forgotten. An introduction by Tyler Curtain contextualizes the photographs both within the history of Baltimore and its queer subculture and in relationship to contemporaneous work by photographers Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Duane Michaels, and others. Curtain also positions the underlying concerns of Bardertscherandrsquo;s art in relation to gay and lesbian cultural politics.
and#9;This striking collection of portraits, along with the photographerandrsquo;s moving text, will impact not only a general audience of photographers and enthusiasts of the art but also those engaged with gay and lesbian studies, queer theory, and cultural studies in general. It is published in association with the Duke University Museum of Art.
A collection of photographs documenting figures of Baltimore’s queer underground from the 1970s to the early ‘90s.
About the Author
Amos Badertscher, a self-taught photographer, has had his work exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Los Angeles and New York. In 1998, Badertscher, a collection of the artistandrsquo;s photography was published by St. Martinandrsquo;s Press. His work is included in several anthologies and is the subject of many published articles.Tyler Curtain is a Visiting Scholar in the English Department at Duke University.
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