Dark Room San Francisco Sex and Protest, 1988–2003 (Special Edition, 2022)

Phyllis Christopher (2022)


Dark Room San Francisco Sex and Protest, 1988-2003 (Special Edition, 2022)
Handbound with an inset test print from Phyllis Christopher’s archive, and in a special slipcase designed and produced by Book Works Studio.
224 x 280mm
With: Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA, 1999 (2021)
Silver gelatin hand print
203 x 254mm
Edition of 12
Signed by the artist
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This edition has been produced on the occasion of Phyllis Christopher’s book Dark Room San Francisco Sex and Protest, 1988-2003 (2022).

About the work:
Phyllis Christopher’s fearless and tender photographs fuse lesbian sex and queer protest against the backdrop of a city in flux. Relocating to San Francisco from her hometown Buffalo in the late-1980s, Christopher began to collaborate with her subjects to make images in which documentary and performance converge. 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.
Dark Room has been made possible with the support of a Develop Your Creative Practice Arts Council England Grant, and the generous support of individuals through Kickstarter.

About the artist:
Phyllis Christopher is a photographer whose work documenting LGBTQ+ sexuality and protest in San Francisco has been published widely in anthologies such as Nothing But The Girl: The Blatant Lesbian Image by Susie Bright and Jill Posener (1996), Photo Sex: Fine Art Sexual Photography Comes of Age by David Steinberg, (2003), Art & Queer Culture by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer (2013, 2019). Recently, her photographs have been included in various exhibitions including ‘On Our Backs: An Archive’ (The NewBridge Project, Newcastle, 2017) and ‘Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance’ (Nottingham Contemporary, De La Warr Pavilion and Arnolfini, Bristol, 2019). She is a 2020 finalist of Queer|Art’s, Robert Giard Grant for Emerging LGBTQ+ Photographers. In 2021, her work was the subject of a major retrospective organised between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, and Grand Union, Birmingham.

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Dark Room San Francisco Sex and Protest, 1988–2003 (Special Edition, 2022) | Christopher, Phyllis; | Editors: Guy, Laura; Homersham, Lizzie; | ISBN: 978 1 912570 07 2 SE | Price: £800.00 | Classifications: Archival; Artbook; Artist as archivist; Critical; Document; Experimental imaging; Interview; Photography; Queer; Special Edition; Unreliable narrative; | Format: Book; | Extent: 176pp | Edition: 12 copies | Dimensions: 224 x 280 | Contributors: Bright, Susie; Christopher, Phyllis; Guy, Laura; Homersham, Lizzie; Rednour, Shar; Tea, Michelle; | Publisher: Book Works | Designer: Rosen Eveleigh;

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