In a world of shame, bigotry and even fatal violence, an untempered visibility has always been of critical importance to ensuring progression of the LGBTQ movement , “we’re here, we’re queer” etc. One such photographer whose images have become an indelible archive of the struggles and successes of the LGBTQ community is Daniel Nicoletta. His new book, simply titled LGBT: San Francisco is a beautiful archive of over 500 images including his famous portraits of Harvey Milk (including ones that would later be used on a US postage stamp), documentary photos from historic SF Pride events and reportage style documentary photos of AIDS activists that endeavour to represent the diverse cultural DNA and varied heritage of the community.
In his foreward to the book, film director and rogue Hollywood auteur Gus Van Sant writes “Danny’s photos are a treasured artistic record of the people who initiated a movement from within their own neighborhood, and the work links that exuberating time to the larger history of LGBT people”. Make sure to catch a screening of The Life and Times of Harvey Milk on June 19th at the Metrograph followed by an artist talk by Daniel Nicoletta with a book signing after the film.