Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983 (NSFW)

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“Unbridled hedonism, superlative beauty, endless sunshine. This is the world of Tom Bianchi’s Fire Island Pines, a barrier island off the coast of Long Island, New York that has been a holiday haven for the gay community since the sixties. Every summer, muscle-bound young men make the trip to this sliver of beach and boardwalk to experience parties, drugs, and sexual freedoms otherwise unknown, and between 1975 and 1983, Bianchi used a SX-70 Polaroid to document their days filled with carefree pleasures, far from the censure of the wider world. Kept in a box for the past two decades, this new book, published by Damiani, is the first time these images have been collated together, as a beautiful, erotic and deeply moving record of a society living entirely for the moment, chillingly unaware of the inexorable onset of AIDS.” READ MORE

 

Tom Bianchi’s Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983 is out now, published by Damiani.

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  1. Felix said:

    Is it that Bianchi only chose to shoot white men, or that Fire Island Pines in that era was largely segregated?

  2. DJ said:

    Oh dear Felix,
    Are you on a pubic library computer looking at porn again?
    Some white guys only want to see white guys, it’s not about segregation or racism, it’s about preference. Now get off that computer looking at nude pics before they ban you.

    • Felix said:

      Oh dear DJ,

      I was surprised to learn that Bianchi’s pictures qualify as porn, which you seem to think I would be ashamed to admit looking at. Perhaps its your own sense of shame and guilt that you need to examine?

      And as for your ridiculous claim that ‘it’s about preference,’ since when is preference coded in one’s DNA? That would be akin to saying someone just prefers to be racist.

      Here’s a tip: go to a library and pick up a book. YOU might actually learn something!

      Toodles,
      Felix

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