Peter Hujar

Peter Hujar, 1934–1987, is best known for his powerful and piercing portraits of personalities, famous and behind the scenes, animals, and wrecked cars. Ranging from glamorous studio portraits to dark images in catacombs, Hujar’s work is known for the texture and poignancy with which he explores decay, sexuality, death, and the life we share in common. As Nan Goldin writes, “His pictures are exotic but not in a shallow, sensational way. Looking at his photographs of nude men, even of a naked baby boy, is the closest I ever came to experience what it is to inhabit male flesh. His photographs of animals have that same rare empathy, they are like highly personal portraits.” His work has been the subject of major retrospectives at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Fotomuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland. In 2005–2006 PS1 exhibited an important survey of Hujar’s work and in 2007 the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London mounted a major exhibition of his photographs.

West Side High Rise, 1976, gelatin-silver print
Keith Cameron (I), 1981, gelatin-silver print
Andy Warhol (III), 1975, gelatin-silver print
Dappled Horse in Grove (I), 1977, gelatin-silver print
Lower Manhattan from the Harbor
, 1976, gelatin-silver print
Two Circus Performers, 1973, gelatin-silver print
Palermo Catacombs #2, 1963, gelatin-silver print
Canal Street Pier, 1983, gelatin-silver print


Fraenkel Gallery Exhibitions


Select Museum Exhibitions

Peter Hujar

5 Dec 2007 – 27 Jan 2008
ICA, London, UK

Peter Hujar

23 Oct 2005 – 10 Apr 2006
P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY

A Charm in Life and Death

1 Jun 1995 – 1 Nov 2012
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany