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Peter Hujar

Peter Hujar was originally a fashion photographer, like his fellow New Yorkers Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Robert Mapplethorpe. However, his work differs markedly from theirs. Hujar always struggled with the superficiality of fashion photography and was more interested in the portrayal of real life, in its purest form: in all its corporeality and drama, and at times with humour – as in his animal portraits showing the innocence of creatures.

Hujar’s immersion in the world of his friends and his portrayal of New York from the 1960s to the 1980s portray a city that no longer exists. Where there was once a flourishing subculture, which he documented direct and undiluted, and which still informs our collective cultural memory of the city, there is now a process of gentrification that profits to this day from that image of the past. Up close to life and eschewing all superficiality, Hujar’s work shows the face of that era, warts and all. —Axel Jablonski

  • 2017

    • Solo Exhibition
      Peter Hujar – A la velocitat de la vida
      Jan 27

      Fundacion Mapfre, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2014

  • 2011

  • 2008

    • News
      20 Years // MAI 36 GALERIE // 1988-2008
      Oct 25, 2008
  • 2007

    • Solo Exhibition
      Peter Hujar
      Dec 05

      Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
  • 2005

    • Solo Exhibition
      Peter Hujar
      Oct 23

      MoMA PS1, New York, USA
  • 1994

    • Solo Exhibition
      Peter Hujar– A Retrospective
      Jan 01

      Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
  • 1987

    • died in
      Westchester County, USA
      Nov 26

  • 1982

    • Solo Exhibition
      Peter Hujar
      Jan 01

      Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany; Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
    • Solo Exhibition
      Peter Hujar – Fotos 1974–81
      Jan 01

      Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria; Galerie Modern Art, Vienna, Austria
  • 1974

    • Solo Exhibition
      Peter Hujar
      Jan 01

      Floating Foundation of Photography, New York, USA
  • 1934

    • born in
      Trenton, New Jersey, USA
      Oct 11

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