Dark Room book launch at Grand Union, 4 March 2022

Join Phyllis Christopher, Grand Union and Book Works on Friday 4 March (6.30–8.30pm) at Grand Union to mark the end of the Heads and Tails exhibition and celebrate the launch of the long-awaited Dark Room: San Francisco Sex and Protest, 1988–2003. The launch is free and open to all – for more info visit the Grand Union site.

Dark Room brings together fifteen years of Christopher’s work, negotiating street, club, and studio, with camera in hand, to compose a portrait of a community simultaneously defining radical articulations of queer lesbian sexuality and defending its bodily autonomy in the face of right-wing politics, the AIDS crisis and urban gentrification.

Reproducing photographs of startling intensity and sensuality alongside new writing by Susie Bright, Laura Guy, Michelle Tea and an interview with Shar Rednour, Dark Room is a heartfelt record of Christopher’s devotion to an analogue tradition, to the pleasures of photographs and the community that made them.

This event will mark the closure of Phyllis’ show at Grand Union, an exhibition that enters the ‘heads and tails’ of her published work. The exhibition blurs the lines of her personal collection and commercial shooting, showcasing queer collectivity and joy.

If you can’t make it to the launch you can still pre-order the book here, and more events will be announced in due course.

Dark Room book launch at Grand Union, 4 March 2022; ; 2021; Artist: Christopher, Phyllis; Contributors: Bright, Susie; Rednour, Shar; Tea, Michelle; Editor: Guy, Laura; | Publisher: Book Works: | Designer: Rosen Eveleigh