James Bidgood is seen as the father of the pulp and glamour aesthetic, yet his photographic works are still scarcely known. He came to New York in 1951, intent on becoming a musical star, and earned his first wages as a drag performer in Manhattan’s legendary Club 82. His "serious" employment as a window dresser, freelance photographer, and costume designer enabled him to collect the material he needed for his own photo shoots, for which he built complex sets—often in his tiny apartment. In his photographs and films, he pays homage to the youthful male body via elaborate stagings of his romantically shimmering visions of a homoerotic paradise. This monograph presents a complete overview of James Bidgood’s influential body of work.
Text in English, French, and German
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About the Author
Winner of France’s 2004 Prix de Flore for his memoir The Romanian, Bruce Benderson works as a translator and bilingual author. He has published articles in New York Times Magazine, Village Voice, nest, Paris Vogue, Blackbook, and Libération, among others, and has also taught creative writing, urban culture, and French literature at colleges throughout the United States. He divides his time between New York and Paris.
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James Bidgood is the long-anonymous director behind the stunning proto-psychedelic gay erotic art film Pink Narcissus, and this seemingly comprehensive collection of his previously published photograph pictorials of of young male models (including Pink Narcissus himself, Bobby Kendall) is lovingly compiled and forwarded by Bruce Benderson, the man who uncovered the mystery of the anonymous byline to Bidgood's only film. In these gorgeous photographs, all taken in the late 1950s and 1960s, it's apparent where Pink Narcissus gets its iconic style from, and some of the biographical information on Bidgood reveals that he was involved in painting and theatre long before still photography and motion picture.