Tom Bianchi presents and signs Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983

Growing up in the 1950s, Tom Bianchi would head into downtown Chicago and pick up 25-cent "physique" magazines at newsstands. In one such magazine, he found a photograph of bodybuilder Glenn Bishop on Fire Island. "Fire Island sounded exotic, perhaps a name made up by the photographer," he recalls in the preface to his latest monograph. "I had no idea it was a real place. Certainly, I had no idea then that it was a place I would one day call home." In 1970, fresh out of law school, Bianchi began traveling to New York, and was invited to spend a weekend at Fire Island Pines, where he encountered a community of gay men. Using an SX-70 Polaroid camera, Bianchi documented his friends' lives in the Pines, amassing an image archive of people, parties and private moments. These images, published here for the first time, and accompanied by Bianchi's moving memoir of the era, record the birth and development of a new culture. Soaked in sun, sex, camaraderie and reverie, "Fire Island Pines "conjures a magical bygone era. (Damiani)
Event date: 
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
8818 W Sunset Blvd
90069 West Hollywood
Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983 Cover Image
By Tom Bianchi (Photographer), Ben Smales (Editor), Edmund White (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9788862082709
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Damiani Ltd - May 31st, 2013