New York Art Book Fair: Hal Fischer, Gay Semiotics: a photographic study of visual coding among homosexual men

September 18-20, 2015
Hal Fischer
Keys from the series 'Gay Semiotics'
24 carbon pigment prints on 270 gsm Canson PhotoGloss Premium RC paper, handmade case with denim covering
Edition of 45
20 x 16 inches, 50.8 x 40.64 cm

Booth PR3

Saturday, September 19, 12pm - Hal Fischer in conversation with Tina Kukielski
Saturday, September 19, 2pm -
Signing of new edition of Gay Semiotics with Hal Fischer



Cherry and Martin presents Hal Fischer’s print portfolio Gay Semiotics, never-before-seen ephemera and the new second edition of Fischer’s seminal book, Gay Semiotics: a photographic study of visual coding among homosexual men (NFS Press, 1977). The book and portfolio will be available for purchase at the booth, and a book signing will be held with Fischer on Saturday at 2pm. A conversation bewteen Hal Fischer and independent curator Tina Kukielski will occur on Saturday, September 19th at 12pm.

Gay Semiotics is one of the first works to bring the language of structuralism and linguistics into the photo world. It presents the codes of sexual orientation and identification Fischer saw in San Francisco’s Castro and Haight Ashbury districts as a tongue-in-cheek anthropological essay.

Nearly four decades later, Gay Semiotics remains a proactive statement from a voice within the gay community. It is a window onto a unique moment in history - the years just after Watergate and before the political assassinations of Harvey Milk and George Moscone; the trauma of Jonestown; the ascendancy of California's former governor, Ronald Reagan, to the height of American politics; and the devastation wrought by AIDS.

Book Fair Hours:
Friday, September 18, 1-7pm
Saturday, September 19, 11am-9pm
Sunday, September 20, 10am-10pm