294 x 223mm
Published by STANLEY/BARKER
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Gupta’s 1976 photographs captured a specific moment in queer history, a time of LGBTQ+ liberation, six years after the Stonewall riots of 1969. The un-staged works show a cross section of a thriving community in one of New York’s most dynamic areas, Manhattan’s Christopher Street. Although he uses a documentarian style, Gupta was by no means an impartial observer behind the camera, he was a participant, enthralled by his subjects. His subjects are dressed in the latest fashions, moving confidently and relaxing on street corners, their visible presence is a signifier of a specific period of public consciousness. Now, with hindsight, Gupta is struck by the routineness and openness of the images – a few years later the Aids crisis took hold and this infamous street would be changed forever.
Christopher Street, 1976 has been nominated for The Aperture Paris Photo book award, the Lucie Photo book Prize and Les Rencontres d'Arles book Award.