The Striking Polaroids of Tom Bianchi

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Between 1975 and 1983, photographer Tom Bianchi used his Polaroid camera to document, in his words, “the early days of the queer revolution,” at least as it went down in his apartment on E 9th Street in New York City. The images captured during that time are erotic, muscular, intimate. They invariably give a viewer the sense that a fourth wall had been ripped down suddenly and they’ve been placed squarely within the moment. Bianchi’s footage from this era has just been published in a new book, aptly titled 63 E 9th Street: NYC Polaroids 1975–1983. Grab a copy wherever books are sold, and, if you happen to be in New York, stop by Johannes Vogt Gallery, which is hosting a show of the photos from June 5 through July 5.

Photo: Tom Bianchi, 63 E 9th Street: NYC Polaroids 1975–1983.

Photo: Tom Bianchi, 63 E 9th Street: NYC Polaroids 1975–1983.

Photo: Tom Bianchi, 63 E 9th Street: NYC Polaroids 1975–1983.

Photo: Tom Bianchi, 63 E 9th Street: NYC Polaroids 1975–1983.

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