Peter Hujar: Speed of Life


Peter Hujar was a leading figure of the downtown New York scene of the 1970s and ’80s. He is
most well-known for his portraits of New York City’s artists, musicians, writers, and performers,
which feature characters such as Susan Sontag, William S. Burroughs, David Wojnarowicz, and
Andy Warhol, and was admired for his completely uncompromising attitude toward work and
life. Hujar was a consummate technician, and his portraits of people, animals, and landscapes,
with their exquisite black-and-white tonalities, were extremely influential. Underappreciated
during his lifetime, Hujar is now a revered icon of the lost downtown art scene, and his
photographs are held in permanent collections around the world.

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