Madrid: TF Editores, 2015. 1st Edition. Oblong quarto, publisher's black cloth over photo-illustrated paper-covered boards, black endpapers.
"Although initially terrified of the piers, I began to take these photos as a voyeur [and] soon grew determined to preserve the frightening, mad, unbelievable, violent, and beautiful things that were going on at that time" (from The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop). Monograph on Bronx-born photographer Alvin Baltrop's indelible documentation of gay life in New York. Taken between 1975 and 1986 when the dilapidated warehouses beneath the piers lining Manhattan's west side were a hotbed for gay cruising amongst other illicit activity, Baltrop's groundbreaking exploration stands as a testimonial to the electric moment after the Stonewall riots and before the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white plates; introduction by the late writer and downtown Manhattan social fixture Glenn O’Brien: "Baltrop's photos show a gone world, but the ghosts that inhabit these images retain the power to haunt our own time." No dust jacket, as issued. Light rubbing to surface of upper board. Near fine. Item #2682