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Catalog: FALL 2019 p. 86   

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Peter Berlin: Icon, Artist, Photosexual

Edited by Michael Bullock. Text by Jonathan David Katz, Evan Moffitt, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ted Stansfield.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Peter Berlin: Icon, Artist, Photosexual.'

Peter Berlin revolutionized the landscape of gay male eroticism in the tradition of Tom of Finland

Peter Berlin was a self-created icon. With his trademark pageboy haircut and his skin-tight costumes that put every detail of his anatomy on display (designed and tailored by Berlin himself to accentuate his already naturally defined physique), he became a gay sex symbol and a walking work of art.

Cruising was his career, and with a background in photography, Berlin began taking thousands of erotic self-portraits in the parks, train stations and streets of Berlin, Rome, Paris, New York and San Francisco, where he settled in the early 1970s. As Berlin put it, “One day I looked at a camera and said, ‘I have found my dream lover.’”

Berlin’s ’70s and ’80s self-portrait photography graced the covers of gay magazines, defining a look and a reimagined masculinity in a changing gay male culture. Spotlighting Berlin’s significant body of work, Peter Berlin: Icon, Artist, Photosexual pays tribute to the man who revolutionized the landscape of gay male eroticism and became an international sensation. The book is designed by Omar Sosa, Creative Director of Apartamento magazine, and is edited by Michael Bullock, writer and publisher of BUTT, Pin-Up, Fantastic Man and Gentlewoman magazines. In addition to essays by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jonathan David Katz, Ted Stansfield and Evan Moffitt, the book includes original quotes about Berlin by Jeremy O Harris, Kembra Pfahler, Andre Leon Talley, Armistead Maupin, John Waters, Arca, Silvia Prada, AA Bronson, Jack Pierson, Simon Foxton, Chris Moukarbel, Telfar Clemens, Paul Sepuya, Tim Blanks, Mariah Garnett and Rick Castro.

Artist, model and filmmaker Peter Berlin, nee Armin Hagen Freiherr von Hoyningen Huene (born 1942), created some of the most legendary erotic imagery of his day. What began as studies in self-portraiture and fashion design in the name of cruising, by the early 1970s had turned into a robust artistic practice that included the creation of two films—Nights in Black Leather (1973) and That Boy (1974)—and innumerable photographs, paintings and illustrations.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Peter Berlin: Icon, Artist, Photosexual.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

W Magazine

Kyle Munzenrieder

A new book chronicles the life and work of the groundbreaking photographer and gay icon.

GAYLETTER

Bruce Benderson

Against the sotto voce background of current LGBTQ voices...?comes this mostly forgotten statement of gay male libido, a violently subversive gesture. Promiscuity, even public sex, for the sake of sex alone, is currently the “dirty” unmentioned secret of today’s activists who continue their efforts to transform gay liberation into gay assimilation.

It's Nice That

Ayla Angelos

[Peter Berlin] has made his name as a notorious gay sex icon of the 1970s and 1980s – a man recognised for his self-portraiture, film and erotica that defies all norms of sexuality ...What he’s left behind is a legacy – an incredible archive of imagery that depicts the history and life of a young male navigating through his identity.

Aperture

Michael Bullock

Berlin’s cultural contributions were so many decades ahead of his time and so unique—not fitting cleanly into either the world of art or the world of pornography—that understanding their relevance and impact requires the invention of a new terminology. I propose the word photosexuality and aim to make the case that Berlin was the first acclaimed male photosexual and the leading pioneer of its practice.

Document Journal

Sara Rosen

For Berlin, photography was as pure and simple as sex: an act of freedom and an expression of self.

Another Man

Ted Stansfield

[I]n the hazy, carefree dawn of the 70s, he pioneered the self-mythologising culture we all live in today. Before social media, before selfies, he was transforming himself in front of his camera into the star of his own fantasy narrative – and he did it all dressed in handcrafted weapons of mass arousal.

New York Magazine: The Cut

Brock Coylar

Berlin’s true crisis of faith: the reality that the world never embraced his utopic idea of sexual freedom, cruising, and sex. He sees the world as being robbed of pleasure by politics, jobs, and responsibilities.

New York Times: Style

Ben Widdicombe

During the 1970s, Peter Berlin became a sex symbol of gay culture, a real-life Tom of Finland who photographed himself in parks, train stations and other cruising grounds.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/21/2019

Peter Berlin to launch 'Icon, Artist, Photosexual' at Bookmarc NYC

Peter Berlin to launch 'Icon, Artist, Photosexual' at Bookmarc NYC

Thursday, November 21 from 6–8 PM, Bookmarc New York presents gay icon Peter Berlin signing Icon, Artist, Photosexual, his new book from Damiani.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/21/2019

Prescient, playful hardcore self-portraiture in 'Peter Berlin: Icon, Artist, Photosexual'

Prescient, playful hardcore self-portraiture in 'Peter Berlin: Icon, Artist, Photosexual'

Featured image is reproduced from Peter Berlin: Icon, Artist, Photosexual, the first major monograph on the artist and gay icon whose astonishing body was his medium. In his Introduction, Berlin, aka Armin Baron von Hoyningen-Huene, writes, "From the early days of puberty I was intrigued by the sexiness of boys and since I was one I was excited by my own image. At the beginning, I felt surprised and intimidated by this self-love so I kept it a secret but my passion for revealing clothes, especially tight-fitting pants, seemed to heighten my excitement. Being desired for sex and the lustful look of men in public while cruising became an obsession.…
I did what girls and boys all over the planet do today by the millions, now with their smartphones, turning the lens on themselves to produce self-portraits, which are now called ‘selfies.’ This is the most natural thing for them to do. Though it still surprises me, what began for me in the late 1960s—the nudity, the eros, the raw sexuality—is still considered taboo today.
Back then, my young mind told me to freeze my image on film, first for my own pleasure and later (at the urging of friends) to share with the world. It was that drive to show myself off that produced two films, Nights in Black Leather and That Boy, whose main character required a name. As a result, almost half a century ago, PETER BERLIN was born and lives on through these images." continue to blog


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Edited by Michael Bullock. Text by Jonathan David Katz, Evan Moffitt, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ted Stansfield.

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