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Cruising
Alvin Baltrop
Photographs 1965 - 2003
Ed Barnas
 by Alvin Baltrop. Source: thirdstreaming.com
Alvin Baltrop

Alvin Baltrop’s Pier Photographs, taken from 1975 thru 1986, document the urban wasteland of the NYC West Side piers and the men (mostly) who lived or cruised there. They range from long shots thru medium to close, the men, some clothed, some nude, sunning themselves, hanging out, cruising, or engaging in sex. In some they are unaware of the camera, in others they confront it directly. The light is often harsh – bright sun and deep shadows. Raw and direct, these are not pretty pictures, and were met with hostility when Baltrop sought to have them exhibited at the time. Now, years have past and he is dead, and they are finally receiving attention.

 by unidentified photographer.
Alvin Baltrop

The earlier photos on display include images made while he was serving in the Navy, street photography, portraits of lovers, and studies of male and female genitalia – representative of a young man learning to see with a camera. A table in the center of the gallery holds a number of early vintage prints and a few pages from an early portfolio. While these images are outnumbered by the pier photos on the walls, there is a slide projector set up in the corner and the visitor can see much more of his non-pier work projected. No dates are provided for the slides so I could not tell whether these were contemporary with the pier photos, earlier or later. Four photos dated 2003 close the show: institutional images taken in medical facilities as he was dying of cancer.

Alvin Baltrop
Photographs 1965 - 2003


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