web analytics
October 26, 2012 – 10:08 pm | No Comment

Illustration by Blake Jones
A look at how proposed voter ID legislation is attempting to silence the minority vote
By Amanda Hart
This past month a Federal District Court, along with a little help from the Voting …

Read the full story »
Film
Music
Art Domy Books AUSTIN Opens 7th Annual MONSTER SHOW This Saturday
Featured
FPSF The Fatal Flying Guilloteens: A Two Sided Blade of The Absurd and Sublime
Home » Art

Perspectives 179-Alvin Baltrop: Dreams Into Glass Photography Exhibit Opening Tonight at the CAMH

Submitted by Erin Dyer on July 19, 2012 – 4:33 pmNo Comment
TwitterFacebookTumblrEmailShare

By: Erin Dyer

At a young age, photographer Alvin Baltrop (1948-2004) was given a twin-lens Yashica camera, and in turn, the opportunity to create journalistic still pictures of his experiences, as well as an intimate visual diary. The gift of a camera was what kick started his career as a photographer.

His projects commenced amongst an atmosphere of social, cultural, and political chaos in the 1960s. Baltrop witnessed firsthand the Countercultural Revolution and a sexual liberation movement that upended an era of social conformity for both heterosexual and homosexuals alike. A bisexual, Baltrop was conscious of this movement and the waves of transformation to follow, and was able to capture many of these intimate, ephemeral moments on film which now serve as a public record of the era.

Baltrop enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a medic from 1969-1972. His most recognized body of photographs– those of New York’s West Side piers– was produced during his time in the Navy.

Upon returning home from the Navy, Baltrop would consistently and obsessively photograph Manhattan’s West Side piers, which were steadily clad with prostitutes, drag queens, artists, the homeless, hustlers, cruisers, sunbathers, and gay men in search for spontaneous anonymous sex. He captured many interesting and intense scenes starring these interesting subjects over the course of a decade.

Baltrop was born in the Bronx, New York in 1948 and died from cancer at a Manhattan hospital in 2004. His photographic interpretations of the world around him were rarely publicized before his death, have been widely exposed to the art world in the last five years– including articles in Artforum magazine and the New York Times.

Perspectives 179-Alvin Baltrop: Dreams Into Glass at the CAMH will be the first major solo museum exhibition of Alvin Baltrop’s work. The exhibit, intended for mature eyes, will open tonight from 6:30-9pm, and will continue on view until October 21. A cash bar and frozen treats from local food truck, The Goodie Box, will be available tonight for the opening.

The featured photographs range from vintage 1960s photos to more current images from the early 2000s, and will be presented via an unprinted slideshow. Also featured will be a sound collage created from various phone conversations and interviews with the artist.

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.

You need to enable javascript in order to use Simple CAPTCHA.
Security Code: