Hard to Imagine

Gay Male Eroticism in Photography and Film from Their Beginnings to Stonewall

Thomas Waugh

Columbia University Press

Hard to Imagine

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Pub Date: December 1996

ISBN: 9780231099981

488 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $75.00£58.00

Hard to Imagine

Gay Male Eroticism in Photography and Film from Their Beginnings to Stonewall

Thomas Waugh

Columbia University Press

Spanning more than a century of photography and film, Hard to Imagine is the first visual chronicle of the evolution of gay male image culture, from the canonical works of "art" photography and cinema to the private and often highly explicit productions of amateurs. This comprehensive work explores a vast, eclectic tradition in its totality, analyzing the aesthetics of the visual imagery, its production, circulation, and consumption, and broad social and legal implications.
In this vast and valuable study, Waugh has accumulated the most comprehensive study of gay erotic film and photography that will probably ever be undertaken. Library Journal

About the Author

Thomas Waugh is professor of film studies at Concordia University, Montreal, and editor of Show Us Life: Towards a History and Aesthetics of Committed Documentary. His articles on the history of homoerotic film and photography have appeared in the Village Voice, Cineaction!, JUMP CUT, The Body Politic, and other publications.