‘Peter Hujar: Speed of Light’
Peter Hujar, Philip Gefter writes in the NYR Daily, “was a stalwart—if reluctant—presence in the downtown demi-monde of late twentieth-century New York… [His] portraits are intimate, quirky, well composed, and often quite beautiful. In Charles Ludlam, Morton Street (1) (1975), Hujar photographed the director lying on pillows against a bare white wall and gazing downward, capturing his pensive intensity. A hallmark of Hujar’s portraiture is the invisibility of technique—a kind of visual innocence—as if the camera were not present and the subject had been happened upon, discovered there, as Ludlam appears to be, in medias res.”
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