Peter Hujar

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Peter Hujar (Trenton, New Jersey October 11, 1934 – November 26, 1987) was an American photographer known for his black and white portraits.

Hujar moved to Manhattan to work in the magazine, advertising, and fashion industries. His subjects also consisted of farm animals and nudes. His most famous photograph is Candy Darling on Her Deathbed which was later used by the group Antony and the Johnsons as cover for their album I Am a Bird Now. The one-time lover, friend and mentor of artist David Wojnarowicz, Hujar died of AIDS complications on November 26, 1987, aged 53.

The Peter Hujar Archive is represented by Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York.


  • 2010: Les Rencontres d'Arles festival, France.

Further reading[edit]

  • Peter Hujar: A Retrospective, Hujar, Hripsime Vissar, Urs Stahel, and Max Kozloff
  • Portraits In Life And Death, Hujar
  • Kertess, Klaus : Peter Hujar - Animals and Nudes, Twin Palms, Santa Fe, 2002


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