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Hal Fischer’s Photos Of Gay Life Make A Homecoming – The Forward
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San Francisco's LGBT pride parade 2018 – in pictures
Triumph, because they show young men practicing in preparation for a national tour that would help inspire the creation of gay choruses across the nation. Tragedy, because so many of the pioneers in the images would die during the AIDS crisis in the following decade. The historic images were rediscovered two weeks ago, before a visit to the Total SF podcast by current chorus executive director Chris Verdugo and tenor Michael Tate.
The photographer and critic Hal Fischer worked on the front lines of history, recording gay life in San Francisco in the s in the period between the Stonewall riots and the AIDS crisis. Now, over 40 years after Fischer arrived in San Francisco after earning a degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his three portfolios of radical conceptual photographs — the entirety of his artistic output — are making a homecoming. Powell said that in San Francisco, Fischer was involved in a community of conceptual photographers called the Photography and Language Group, committed to exploring new ways for the medium to communicate meaning. Fischer elected to extract different messages from still photos by marrying image and text.