Peter Hujar

With a career spanning three decades, Peter Hujar (1934 - 1987) has been described as one of America's most important and subversive photographers. Best known for his striking portraiture, his body of work also includes landscapes, nudes and street scenes. Many of his subjects were well-known in their own right, including painters, performers and writers. A 'quintessentially New York photographer', his work was and remains widely respected by artists and colleagues, including Richard Avedon and Nan Goldin, and has influenced creatives across a wide range of disciplines. 

Hujar moved to New York as a child and enrolled in the School of Industrial Art in 1953 aged 19 having already amassed a significant portfolio. After assisting several photographers, in 1967, Hujar received commissions from Harper’s Bazaar and GQ, further establishing himself as a key figure in New York's bohemian Lower East Side scene. Despite this early commercial success, he stepped back from commissioned work, instead focusing on developing his independent practice and wide-ranging oeuvre. 

His photography has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among many others.

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