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A celebration of the New York City Pride Parade documented in a dazzling series of photographs, with a major introductory essay by comedian and activist Kate Clinton
More than forty years have passed since members of the LGBTQ community took to the streets of New York City on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots for the world’s first march for gay rights. From its modest, though ambitious, beginnings, the annual event has grown into an all-encompassing celebration of queer culture, drawing more than a million people. It has also come to mean many things to many people. For some, Pride has become too commercial or irrelevant as queer culture has become mainstream. To others, the festivities should be less about the politics of the gay rights movement and more about a joyful celebration of what it means to be queer.
But for anyone with a passion for freedom and for vivid, thoughtful photography, Pride & Joy by noted photographer Jurek Wajdowicz with an introduction by the nationally known satirist and activist Kate Clinton and published in the wake of the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriageis an ode to this New York institution. Energetic, colorful, and irreverent, these images are a playful confirmation of equality. Incorporating portraits of marchers and bystanders and leading figures in the LGTBQ community, these photographs revel in the rich diversity of the parade. Exquisitely presented, the book includes interviews with members of the queer community about their relationship to the march, offering a startling variety of responses to this integral part of New York life. Pride & Joy is an inspiration not only to the queer community but to all those still fighting for their basic human rights.
The fourth in a major new series of LGBT-themed photography books, Pride & Joy is a visual treat for photography lovers, an inspiration for the global queer community, and a singular tribute to New York City.
Pride & Joy was designed by Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS).
|Publisher:||New Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Jurek Wajdowicz is an internationally known graphic designer and principal of the design firm Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios. His photographs have been collected in Liminal Spaces Fotografie 75. Kate Clinton is an actress, a stand-up comic, an activist, and the author of I Told You So , What the L? , and Don’t Get Me Started. Both live in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The people! The beautiful colors in the costuming! The joy on faces! Yes, there are testimonials and memories recounted, and they are very important, but it is the colors and the evident joy on the faces of the people in the parade (including Sir Ian McKellan!) that reach out and want you to share with them! The photography is as incredible as the costuming of those who chose to do so. The viewer can only be enriched by this volume, and reading the memories and testimonials is a documentation of recent history. Get this book, enjoy the feast for the eyes, learn to support those who are no more odd than anyone else, but have been made to feel that they are. Many thanks to GR Giveaways for the opportunity to receive a copy for free.