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Hardcover, 8.5 x 10 in. / 186 pgs / 150 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2019 p. 84   

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Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street

NYC Polaroids 1975–1983

Text by Tom Bianchi.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street.'

Intimate erotic portraits from the Fire Island Pines photographer

In 1975 Tom Bianchi moved to New York City, working at Columbia Pictures as in-house counsel. Columbia gave Bianchi a Polaroid SX – 70 camera, which he took to the Pines on summer weekends; those pictures became the 2013 book Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975–1983. Now, some 44 years later, we get a first look at another extraordinary collection of Bianchi’s Polaroids, taken in his East 9th St apartment.

Whereas Fire Island offers an expansive communal experience situated on a sunny sand bar out in the Atlantic under huge open skies, Bianchi’s New York apartment was an intimate, track-lit den, a safe stage where he and his friends played out erotic night games. Playful, nostalgic and sexy, Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street is an essential companion book to Fire Island Pines and an important document of urban gay life.

Tom Bianchi was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 1970. He became a corporate attorney, eventually working with Columbia Pictures in New York, painting and drawing on weekends. His artwork came to the attention of Betty Parsons and Carol Dreyfuss and they gave him his first one-man painting show in 1980. In 1984, he was given his first solo museum exhibition at the Spoleto Festival. After Bianchi’s partner died of AIDS in 1988, he turned his focus to photography, producing Out of the Studio, a candid portrayal of gay intimacy. Its success led to producing numerous monographs, including On the Couch, Deep Sex, In Defense of Beauty and Fire Island Pines.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

L'Officiel

Cullen Ormond

Titled '63 E. 9th Street: NYC Polaroids 1975-1983,' the photographer welcomes readers into his former New York City apartment to be free and sensual.

Another Man

Miss Rosen

Tom Bianchi’s new book 63 E. 9th Street. NYC Polaroids 1975–1983 offers an intimate window into the life of gay men in 1970s New York.

New York Times

Jeremy Allen

“Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street” presents a compelling, charged portrait of gay men in New York, depicted in their sexual prime in the golden years before the major devastation of AIDS.

Interview

Nathan Taylor Pemberton

His subjects are friends, flings, one-night stands, but mostly lovers, each a characterin a different story.

Shelf Awareness

Dave Wheeler

As if looking through the keyhole of Bianchi's Manhattan apartment, these snapshots depict, yes, the ferocity of lust, but also the ardor that grows out of these encounters.

Metrosource

Sebastian Fortino

Famed photographer Tom Bianchi is giving lovers of the male form a splendid gift.

AnOther

Belle Hutton

Tom Bianchi’s Polaroids, taken in late 1970s and early 80s New York, offer an intimate glimpse into the city’s burgeoning LGBT scene at the time.

W Magazine

Stephanie Eckardt

Tom Bianchi's rarely seen gay liberation-era polaroids couldn't be more liberating.

Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/17/2019

Tom Bianchi to launch '63 E 9th Street' at Bookmarc

Tom Bianchi to launch '63 E 9th Street' at Bookmarc

Friday, May 17 from 6–8 PM, Bookmarc New York presents photographer Tom Bianchi signing 63 E 9th Street: NYC Polaroids 1975–1983, published by Damiani.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

REILLY DAVIDSON | DATE 6/30/2019

A rare ethic of communion in Pride Month pick, 'Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street'

A rare ethic of communion in Pride Month pick, 'Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street'

Taken in Tom Bianchi’s East Village apartment during the late 70s and early 80s, these mostly erotic, mostly nude Polaroids capture uninhibited, buoyant homosexual love, lust and friendship in a domestic setting. The soft hues in the photographs contribute to the overall intimate tone of the book, while the sensuality of the images evokes a rare ethic of communion. In this volume, the reclamation of gay romance by a gay photographer who began making work just prior to the AIDS epidemic speaks eloquently in terms of modern-day representations of love and sex. continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/13/2019

Celebrate Pride Month with Tom Bianchi's '63 E 9th Street: NYC Polaroids 1975–1983'

Celebrate Pride Month with Tom Bianchi's '63 E 9th Street: NYC Polaroids 1975–1983'

Featured image is reproduced from Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street, the photographer's new collection of erotic, sometimes X-rated, Polaroid portraits made in and around his New York City apartment between 1975 and 1983. "In the early days of the queer revolution, we seemed inevitably heading to a more playful and loving way of being," Bianchi writes. "We were learning to live in our bodies. We were learning that our brains inhabited our whole bodies. We were learning to love one another in relationships that stood outside of and beyond social norms. Perhaps we were naïve to think our experience would directly lead to a new, more tolerant world. We see now that fearful, repressive forces continue to censor and suppress the love we found in one another. But we also know that those dark forces make our voices stronger." continue to blog


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Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street

TOM BIANCHI: 63 E 9TH STREET

Text by Tom Bianchi.

DAMIANI

ISBN: 9788862086462
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Pub Date: 5/21/2019
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Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines

TOM BIANCHI: FIRE ISLAND PINES

Edited by Ben Smales. Introduction by Edmund White. Text by Tom Bianchi.

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ISBN: 9788862082709
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Pub Date: 5/31/2013
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