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Introduction by Chuck Mobley. Foreword by Gus Van Sant.
Glittering drag queens, gay politics and alternative theater: Nicoletta was at the heart of the gay mecca that was 1970s San Francisco Daniel Nicoletta (born 1954) has been a leading chronicler of the LGBT civil rights movement in San Francisco over the last 40 years. This is the first book dedicated to his powerful photographs documenting the journey of the burgeoning lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender mecca that was San Francisco in the 1970s through to the present. Nicoletta is best known for his iconic images of Harvey Milk, one of the world’s first openly gay elected officials, who was assassinated by a homophobic colleague in 1978. Nicoletta portrayed glittering drag queens, the alternative theater world and the steadfast bravery of same-sex couples trying to live their lives amid often adverse cultural sea changes. Today, Nicoletta continues to document the reverberations of Milk’s legacy. He serves as a key point person for LGBT civil rights and Milk-related research. In 2014, one of Nicoletta’s photographs was used on a US Harvey Milk Forever stamp. LGBT: San Francisco is an essential gay history and a stunning photographic work that is not to be missed.
Featured image is reproduced from 'LGBT: San Francisco.'
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LGBT: San Francisco—a first ever collection of the work Nicoletta has put into capturing the portraits of the community across an always moving and ever-changing socio-political climate.
Ian David Monroe
Captures the LGBT Civil Rights movement in a way no other photographer has.
Daniel Nicoletta’s photobook is the ultimate celebration of LGBTQ pride from history to present day … an indelible archive of the struggles and successes of the LGBTQ community
It’s rare you leaf through a book of reportage and portraiture that makes you want to know what happened to every single person captured in every single frame. With photographer Daniel Nicoletta’s LGBT San Francisco a remarkable, transfixing record of the gay, lesbian, and trans communities from the very early 1970s to today, you’re compelled to think just that.
LGBT: San Francisco is a joyous, poignant and occasionally sombre record of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, taken from an extraordinary archive. It is at once a celebration, an exercise in visibility and a timely reminder of how recently the battles for gay rights were won and how fragile those rights remain.
A self-described ‘Richard Avedon of the gay community,’ [Nicoletta] turned his lens on all of the Radical Faeries present during the 70s.
New York Journal of Books
The collection showcases Nicoletta’s fine sense of composition, not to mention his sharp editorial eye and evocative visual aesthetic.
Gay and Lesbian Review
Its images portray a milieu of turbulence and exuberance and powerful waves of grassroots political activism.
LGBT: San Francisco brings together over 40 years of Nicoletta's attentive work documenting the LGBT civil rights movement from the 1970s to present day.
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Photographer and LGBT civil rights activist Daniel Nicoletta began documenting the San Francisco LGBT Pride parade in the 1970s, alongside everything else he came across in the burgeoning gay community. His photographs are collected for the first time in a new monograph from Reel Art Press. Featured here are two parade photographs—the first of the Stud bar’s June 24, 2001 float with Portia Peeples; the second of Grace Jones heading dance club Oil Can Harry’s float in June of 1977. Of course, these are just the tip of the liberating, super-liberated iceberg. You’re going to want to see the book for yourself for the complete history of LGBT: San Francisco. continue to blog
This demonic snapshot of legendary drag performer and John Waters muse Divine performing at the Trocadero dance club in 1978 is reproduced from Daniel Nicoletta’s new photography collection celebrating the history of LGBT: San Francisco. Released just in time for New York City Pride Week 2017, this exuberant book gathers early photographs of Harvey Milk running for San Francisco Supervisor; set photography from Gus Van Sant’s film Milk, which Nicoletta played a role in making; anti-censorship demonstrations; AIDS awareness rallies; drag shows; gay bars; balls; parades; film festivals; street fairs; drug and alcohol recovery support spaces; fashion shows and more. Nicoletta has been a leading chronicler of the LGBT civil rights movement for over 40 years, and we congratulate him on his acclaimed first major monograph, published by Reel Art Press. continue to blog
Leon Lott, December Wright and Larry Williams could not have looked better when photographer turned political activist Daniel Nicoletta took this picture (detail) at San Francisco’s Castro Street Fair in August of 1976. The beret and the puka shell choker, the aviator cap and the knotted Hawaiian shirt, the high-waisted trousers and the Soul Disco Club Frisco t-shirt say everything there is to say, and we are right there with them. All week we’re celebrating the gay pride movement with LGBT: San Francisco, Nicoletta’s brand new monograph from Reel Art Press. If you’re in New York for the March this weekend, head over to the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division tonight for an author talk and signing. continue to blog
Starting with photographs of his boss, Harvey Milk, before, during and after he was elected San Francisco’s first openly gay Supervisor, then moving through the riots that followed Milk’s assassination, and later Castro Street fairs, puss print pajama parties, SF LGBT Pride parades, drag shows, Transmarches, rallies and finally, contemporary legal gay weddings, LGBT: San Francisco depicts the evolution of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender mecca that was and is San Francisco from the 1970s til now. Featured image was taken at the SF LGBT Pride march in June of 1977. Pictured are Angels of Light Gregory Cruickshank, Rodney Price and Joe Morocco. continue to blog
"Perhaps it is helpful to remember that the majority of the people depicted in Nicoletta’s photographs—especially in the years prior to the digital deluge—did not necessarily grow up surrounded by the kind of imagery found in this book. Everything that they were experiencing—the politics, the love, the parties, the activism, their artistic endeavors, and the community that they were creating—was entirely new. They were making it up as they went along; they weren’t simply mimicking what they had grown up seeing in films and photographs. All the while, Nicoletta was there alongside them, quietly building a sustained practice out of what was essentially a collective enterprise: the life and times around him. Ultimately, his photographs defy the bounds of hierarchical genres by being situated within a much larger and more important framework. Their value lies in their inerrant service to the history of the LGBT movement in 20th century America; forming an invaluable chronicle of a specific time and place. And, most especially: the people who created it." – Chuck Mobley, LGBT: San Francisco continue to blog
Those were the days… This week, there is no better book to celebrate the history of Gay Pride than Daniel Nicoletta’s new photography collection, LGBT: San Francisco. Beginning with Nicoletta’s 1970s snapshots of Harvey Milk, produced while he was working in Milk’s camera store, these photographs document gay life in The Castro from the inside out. Pictured here are Daniel Katz and Michael Poniatowsky on either side of author Armistead Maupin at the 1978 launch of Tales of the City at the Marina Laundromat. continue to blog
Start NYC Pride Week with a 7PM screening of The Times of Harvey Milk at Metrograph, followed by a Daniel Nicoletta LGBT: San Francisco book signing! A book for every proudly pro-LGBT coffee table in America, this volume documents the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender mecca of San Francisco from the 1970s—when Nicoletta worked an entry-level job at Harvey Milk’s camera shop—to the present. “Danny’s photos are a treasured artistic record of the people who initiated a movement from within their own neighborhood, and this work links that exuberant time to the larger history of LGBT people,” Gus Van Sant writes in his Foreword. “This book is a very welcome addition to our enduring collective memory.” continue to blog
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LGBT: San Francisco The Daniel Nicoletta Photographs
Published by Reel Art Press. Introduction by Chuck Mobley. Foreword by Gus Van Sant.
Glittering drag queens, gay politics and alternative theater: Nicoletta was at the heart of the gay mecca that was 1970s San Francisco
Daniel Nicoletta (born 1954) has been a leading chronicler of the LGBT civil rights movement in San Francisco over the last 40 years. This is the first book dedicated to his powerful photographs documenting the journey of the burgeoning lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender mecca that was San Francisco in the 1970s through to the present. Nicoletta is best known for his iconic images of Harvey Milk, one of the world’s first openly gay elected officials, who was assassinated by a homophobic colleague in 1978. Nicoletta portrayed glittering drag queens, the alternative theater world and the steadfast bravery of same-sex couples trying to live their lives amid often adverse cultural sea changes. Today, Nicoletta continues to document the reverberations of Milk’s legacy. He serves as a key point person for LGBT civil rights and Milk-related research. In 2014, one of Nicoletta’s photographs was used on a US Harvey Milk Forever stamp. LGBT: San Francisco is an essential gay history and a stunning photographic work that is not to be missed.