Peter Berlin: Icon, Artist, Photosexual

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A new book chronicles the life and work of the groundbreaking photographer and gay icon.

Artist, model, filmmaker, and gay sex symbol Peter Berlin, nee Armin Hagen Freiherr von Hoyningen Huene (b. 1942), authored some of the most legendary erotic imagery of his day. What began as studies in self-portraiture and fashion design in the name of cruising by the early 1970s turned into a robust artistic practice that included the creation of two films - Nights in Black Leather (1973) and That Boy (1974) - and innumerable photographs, paintings, and illustrations.

Photographer: Peter Berlin

Hardback  Published December 2019  176 pages

"Against the sotto voce background of current LGBTQ voices... comes this mostly forgotten statement of gay male libido, a violently subversive gesture. Promiscuity, even public sex, for the sake of sex alone, is currently the “dirty” unmentioned secret of today’s activists who continue their efforts to transform gay liberation into gay assimilation.
Bruce Benderson, GAYLETTER

"During the 1970s, Peter Berlin became a sex symbol of gay culture, a real-life Tom of Finland who photographed himself in parks, train stations and other cruising grounds."
Ben Widdicombe New York Times: Style

"Berlin’s cultural contributions were so many decades ahead of his time and so unique―not fitting cleanly into either the world of art or the world of pornography―that understanding their relevance and impact requires the invention of a new terminology. I propose the word photosexuality and aim to make the case that Berlin was the first acclaimed male photosexual and the leading pioneer of its practice."
Michael Bullock, Aperture 


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