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When Tom Bianchi was taking his Fire Island Polaroids in the mid-seventies and early eighties, he didn't realize that he was documenting what would become a lost golden age in gay history; but he did realize that he was doing something unusual: "At the time, people were very shy and not out, so pictures could be very damaging. By doing it as Polaroids, I could go to a party and people would see what I was doing, and it was clear that I was shooting atmosphere, not identity." Thus, this collection stands as a celebration of a bygone era.