Self Portrait, 1976

Peter Hujar (1934-1987) was a master of black and white photography. He was born in Trenton, New Jersey and later moved to Manhattan to work for magazines, advertising, and the fashion industry. Mainly a portrait photographer, he also photographed an array of subjects from farm animals to nudes. He also turned his camera on fellow nightcrawlers who inhabited the East Village art scene of the late 70s and 80s. His most famous photograph is possibly, "Candy Darling on Her Deathbed". His now infamous book, entitled Portraits in Life and Death (1976), is quite the collector's item. Peter Hujar was a long term partner of artist David Wojnarowicz, who died with AIDS in 1992. Hujar died of AIDS complications in 1987.