LGBT: San Francisco: The Daniel Nicoletta Photographs Hardcover – June 27, 2017
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Its images portray a milieu of turbulence and exuberance and powerful waves of grassroots political activism. (Gay and Lesbian Review)
The collection showcases Nicoletta’s fine sense of composition, not to mention his sharp editorial eye and evocative visual aesthetic. (Lew Whittington New York Journal of Books)
A self-described ‘Richard Avedon of the gay community,’ [Nicoletta] turned his lens on all of the Radical Faeries present during the 70s. (Trey Taylor Dazed)
LGBT: San Francisco is a joyous, poignant and occasionally sombre record of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, taken from an extraordinary archive. It is at once a celebration, an exercise in visibility and a timely reminder of how recently the battles for gay rights were won and how fragile those rights remain. (Chitra Ramaswamy The Guardian)
It’s rare you leaf through a book of reportage and portraiture that makes you want to know what happened to every single person captured in every single frame. With photographer Daniel Nicoletta’s LGBT San Francisco a remarkable, transfixing record of the gay, lesbian, and trans communities from the very early 1970s to today, you’re compelled to think just that. (Mark Holgate VOGUE.com)
Daniel Nicoletta’s photobook is the ultimate celebration of LGBTQ pride from history to present day … an indelible archive of the struggles and successes of the LGBTQ community (Hunger)
Captures the LGBT Civil Rights movement in a way no other photographer has. (Ian David Monroe Paper Magazine)
LGBT: San Francisco―a first ever collection of the work Nicoletta has put into capturing the portraits of the community across an always moving and ever-changing socio-political climate. (Michael Valinsky Out.com)
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I recognized a few well-known individuals in these many photos: Lily Tomlin, Mae West, Arthur Tress, John Waters, Divine, Allen Ginsberg, Harry Hay, Vito Russo, and a very young humpy Armistead Maupin. Most of the people, however, are ordinary people from San Francisco. And if the city did not invent drag, surely it was raised to an art form there as these photographs demonstrate. There is so much sorrow here, so much anger, but much, much more joy. And a lot of attitude and tattoos in the later images.
Some of my favorites, at least for today: certainly the famous shot of Harvey in front of his camera store (p. 72), the heartbreaking photo of him and Mayor Moscone lying in state in San Francisco City Hall Rotunda, December, 1978 (p. 63), the White Nights riots demonstration after the verdict on Dan White (pp. 64-65), the tremendously moving photo of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in a performance at the dedication of the Harvey Milk postage stamp on May 28, 2014 (pp. 70-71). I love the photo on page 271 of Jade and Nakita Ramsey as Veda and Vera and that of Mayor Willie Brown officiating at a huge group ceremony of a same sex marriage (p. 288). And I am much taken with the photograph of Scout, Castro Street, June 20, 2015 (p. 298). Of course there are dozens more to savor over and over.
Finally I was reminded once again why e-books will never replace the real thing. This great coffee table book, weighing in at four and a half pounds, that is printed and laid out so beautifully smells wonderful too.
A fantastic book.
It is also a fine document to help understand Harvey Milk and his contribution to the gay rights movement. The photos help to see the excitement and optimism of the times.
Lastly, it is a fine biographny of Danny Nicoletta and his involvement in Milk's camera store, then his careful documentation of life on the street, and his cooperation with Gus Van Sant in production the Harvey Milk film.
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I am so pleased that I own this, it has great photographs of LGBT life in San Francisco ( The Original Gay HQ !),from the 70's right up to almost
the present . I particularly enjoy the black & white, and the more candid photos, which I find have more gravity/energy for me.
That said, I love the whole collection, and recommend it highly to anyone who has an interest in LGBT history, photography or people watching !
I hope Mr Nicoletta will release more volumes ..... soon !