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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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