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Benderson, Bruce; Bidgood, James, 1933-; Crewe, Jamie

RECOMMENDED FOR THE LUX COLLECTION BY JAMIE CREWE. "My first year of studying at GSA (MFA, 2013-2015) was greatly touched by the work and life of photographer and filmmaker James Bidgood. I was rattled by moving to a big, new city, and had several flats fall through before settling in Woodlands in January 2014. In this flat my bedroom had a huge rainwater leak: the carpet was soaked and mushrooms were growing from the woodwork. I read about Bidgood, who filmed his magnum opus Pink Narcissus over the course of eight years in his tiny Manhattan apartment, sleeping among his sets, filling his bathtub with props. Thinking about him, I thought about the curtailing of my own domestic comfort for the sake of my creative work, and about the woozy boundaries of seemingly distinct sensual pleasures. This is a sensitive and delightful book."

Book. English.
25th anniversary ed.
Published Koln: Taschen, 2009
  • GSA Library – Earliest copy due back 24th March

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    215373 Lending Collection (Levels 0 & 1) LUX COLLECTION/BID Book (3 weeks) Overdue (was due back 24th March)


Statement of responsibility: text by Bruce Benderson
ISBN: 3836514524, 9783836514521
Note: 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.
Language note: Text in English, German and French
Physical Description: 175 p. : col. ill.
Subject: Homoeroticism