Cherry and Martin, 2015 | Re-print (First edition thus)
Softcover, 56 pages, 180 x 230 mm
Condition: Near Fine
Produced in 1977, Hal Fischer's Gay Semiotics: A Photographic Study of Visual Coding Among Homosexual Men has been recognized as a unique and pioneering analysis of gay historical vernacular and as an irreverent appropriation of structuralist theory; one of the first conceptual works to bring the language of structuralism and linguistics into photographic practice. Fischer’s photo-text deconstructions are a study of gay male appearance, identity and signifiers as it unfolded on the streets of San Francisco in the 70s at a time when gay people had been forced to both evaluate and defend their lifestyles. 43 years later, the series remains a proactive statement from a voice within the LGBT community from a moment in history just before the devastation wrought by the AIDS epidemic. This new edition reproduces the look and feel of the original volume, which reconfigured into a book format the 24-image seminal series, accompanied by Fischer's critical essay, which is marked by the same wry, anthropological tone found in the image/text configurations.