featured gallery for June 2003

The Pride Show

I was honored to be asked to curate for Visual AIDS, a truly worthwhile organization that I have been aware of for well over a decade. What you see here is the condensed version of what will be presented at "The Pride Shows" on June 26, 2003 at View Bar in the heart of gay New York -- Chelsea.

June is the month in which we in NYC celebrate Gay Pride; therefore I decided to let that serve as the starting point to thematically begin my selection process. There are countless images in the Archive Project depicting every component of gay life. In fact, there are so many amazingly beautiful pieces of art, that in order to limit myself to under 20 images I would need to stick with what I know best -- photography.

I wanted photographs that speak of life and vitality; images that champion the beauty of the male form; that have a distinctly gay voice or point of view; that demonstrate how diverse the art form of photography can be; and ultimately show what a wonderful communications tool art can be. I think that the pieces you see here meet all these criteria and are magnificently strong images that will stay with you, as they have with me. The works are as provocative, colorful, and diverse as the talented artists who created them. Enjoy. And live proud!