Passionate Camera: Photography and the Bodies of Desire

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More than any other medium, photography creates and reinforces our ideals of gender and sexuality. From advertising and journalism to fashion and fine art, photographs show how "good bodies" and "bad bodies" look and behave.

The Passionate Camera assembles

over fifty artists, scholars and critics to examine the relationship between photography and sexuality. The contributors consider many issues including the importance of reinterpreting historical works by known homosexual photographers, contemporary photography and sexual diversity, and

the use and abuse of photographs of sexual subjects in current political campaigns and direct activism. The Passionate Camera features color and black and white illustrations of works by artists such as Ajamu, Catherine Opie, Lyle Ashton Harris, Yasumasa Morimura, John O'Reilly

and Sunil Gupta. For the first time, these works have been gathered together in a fresh and accessible critical context, making The Passionate Camera the preeminent source on queer and sex-radical photography at the end of twentieth century.

Contributors: Deborah Bright,

Kaucyila Brooke, Michael Anton Budd, David Deitcher, Linda Dittmar, Mark Alice Durant, Paul B. Franklin, Lyle Ashton Harris, Thomas Allen Harris, Carol Jacobsen, David Joselit, Liz Kotz, Catherine Lord, Richard Meyer, Jose Munoz, Mary Patten, Erica Rand, Mark A. Reid, Mysoon Rizk, James

Small, Alisa Solomon, Elizabeth Stephens, and Thomas Waugh.

an exceptional volume. The book has an inner consistency that is uncommon in anthologies; the different essays flow into one another in a productive and lyrical manner. The three sections are metered by provocative photo essays and end with pointed short stories by artist and writer

Catherine Lord (afterimage - March/April 1999)

introduction to the volume succeeds in its formidable task of making sense of the past 15 years of photography and queer cultural politics. . . . and through this furthers the emergence of queer studies in academia . . . . The Passionate Camera will surely be widely used as an

indespensible theoretical and historical document on queer visual culture at the end of the millennium. It has endless potential as a course textbook and library resource. The contributors' confident and committed collective gaze rests on a troubled past and on an unsettling present,

but they all reassert the besieged queer body of desire into the future (Afterimage - March 1999)

these multi-disciplinary studies map radical approaches to the pungent complexities of photographs that are sexually charged (Trevor Fairbrother, Deputy Director of Art, Seattle Art Museum)

book is a multifaceted exploration of the body, sexuality, and consensus culture that is theoretically smart, beautifully written, and a pleasure to peruse (Carol Squires, Senior Editor, American Photo magazine)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415145817
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Pictures, Perverts, and Politics 1
1 Trouble in the Archive
1 Looking at a Photograph, Looking for a History 23
Submerged (for Alice Austen) 37
2 Every Man a Hero: Sculpting the Homoerotic in Physical Culture Photography 41
3 Posing and Performance: Glamour and Desire in Homoerotic Art Photography, 1920-1945 58
4 Public Face, Private Thoughts: Fetish, Interracialism, and the Homoerotic in Carl van Vechten's Photographs 78
5 Lost (and found) in a Masquerade: The Photographs of Pierre Molinier 103
6 Roundabout 120
7 Her Garden in Winter 140
Photographs 149
2 Inverted Views and Dissident Desires
8 Rough Boy Trade: Queer Desire/Straight Identity in the Photography of Larry Clark 167
9 Constructing Histories: David Wojnarowicz's Arthur Rimband in New York 178
10 Mark Morrisroe's Photographic Masquerade 195
11 Aesthetics of "Intimacy" 204
12 Postnegritude Reappropriation and the Black Male Nude: the Photography of Rotimi Fani-Kayode 216
Where the Stains Begin 229
13 Orienting the Asian Male Body in the Photography of Yasumasa Morimura 233
14 Black Widow: A Conversation 248
15 Not Just a Passing Fancy: Notes on Butch 263
16 Looking-Class Heroes: Dykes on Bikes Cruising Calendar Girls 276
Drag Piece 288
17 Looking for My Museum 290
Photographs 301
3 Calculated Exposures in Risky Conditions
18 The Straight Goods: Lesbian Chic and Identity Capital on a Not-so-Queer Planet 319
19 Rock Hudson's Body 341
Think Nothing of it (Dorothy Arzner and Joan Crawford) 361
20 The Passionate Activist and the Political Camera 366
21 The Thrill is Gone: An Act up Post-Mortem (Confessions of a Former Aids Activist) 385
22 The Family Jewels 407
Select Bibliography 413
Index 427
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