PUBLISHER
Skira

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 9.5 x 11 in. / 224 pgs / 200 color.

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
Forthcoming

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D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: MID WINTER 2019 p. 16   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9788857241838 TRADE
List Price: $50.00 CDN $69.95

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Awaiting stock

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

New York, NY
Bronx Museum of the Arts, 08/07/19–02/09/20

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The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop

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

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.


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New York Times: Photo Lens

Holland Cotter

The piers became a preserve for gay sex and communion, and the primary subject of Mr. Baltrop’s 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.

The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop

STATUS: Forthcoming | 11/26/2019

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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.

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ISBN: 9788857241838
USD $50.00
| CAN $69.95

Pub Date: 11/26/2019
Forthcoming


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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