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Catalog: SPRING 2020 p. 94   

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New York, NY
Bronx Museum of the Arts, 08/07/19Ė02/09/20

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The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop

Edited with text by Antonio Sergio Bessa. Text by Douglas Crimp.

Featured image is reproduced from 'The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop.'

Portraits of clandestine gay life on Manhattan's piers, in an authoritative overview published for Alvin Baltrop's first retrospective

For 11 years in 1970s and '80s Manhattan, the Bronx-born photographer Alvin Baltrop obsessively documented cruisers, sunbathers, fornicators and friends around the city's piers, in that brief moment after the Stonewall riots and before the explosion of the AIDS epidemic. The largest book yet published on the photographer, The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop presents those photographs and others, including many that have never been seen in public, and is published on the occasion of Baltrop's first-ever retrospective at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Although initially terrified of the piers, I began to take these photos as a voyeur [and] soon grew determined to preserve the frightening, mad, unbelievable, violent, and beautiful things that were going on at that time," Baltrop wrote in the preface to an unfinished book of these photographs. "To get certain shots, I hung from the ceilings of several warehouses utilizing a makeshift harness, watching and waiting for hours to record the lives that these people led (friends, acquaintances, and strangers), and the unfortunate ends that they sometimes met.


Featured image is reproduced from 'The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

New York Times: Photo Lens

Holland Cotter

The piers became a preserve for gay sex and communion, and the primary subject of Mr. Baltropís surviving photographs. These include architectural studies of the piers, but also shots of their semi-residential population of homeless people, teenage runaways, sexual adventurers, criminals and artists.

Hyperallergic

Danillo Machado

More than portraits of the Piers, Alvin Baltropís photos become documentation of the AIDS crisis in the í80s, which deeply impacted (and continues to impact) queer communities and communities of color.

Bookforum

Cara Hoffman

[A] work of beauty and cultural atonement...there is both a prosaic coziness and a mythic quality to Baltropís work.

The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop

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The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ALVIN BALTROP

Edited with text by Antonio Sergio Bessa. Text by Douglas Crimp.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857241838
USD $50.00
| CAN $69.95

Pub Date: 11/26/2019
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Alvin Baltrop: The Piers

ALVIN BALTROP: THE PIERS

Edited by James Reid, Tom Watt. Foreword by Glenn O'Brien.

TF EDITORES

ISBN: 9788415931232
USD $65.00
| CAN $87 UK £ 57

Pub Date: 10/27/2015
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Alvin Baltrop: Dreams into Glass

ALVIN BALTROP: DREAMS INTO GLASS

Edited and with text by Valerie Cassel Oliver. Introduction by Douglas Crimp. Forward by Bill Arning.

CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM, HOUSTON

ISBN: 9781933619392
USD $14.95
| CAN $21 UK £ 12.99

Pub Date: 8/31/2012
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