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Gay Day archive
New York, 1983. 291 vintage silver prints, comprising 119 measuring 8x10 in. and 5 measuring 11x14 in., each captioned on the rear by Ginsberg, most dated and signed by O'Neal; 166 prints, various sizes including 11x14 in. (65 prints) and 8x10 in. (71 prints). An additional 40 11x14 in. matted exhibition prints, printed 2006; high resolution scans of 1559 negatives. Fine. 291 vintage silver prints, comprising 119 measuring 8x10 in. and 5 measuring 11x14 in., each captioned on the rear by Ginsberg, most dated and signed by O'Neal; 166 prints, various sizes including 11x14 in. (65 prints) and 8x10 in. (71 prints). An additional 40 11x14 in. matted exhibition prints, printed 2006; high resolution scans of 1559 negatives. The complete collection of 124 vintage silver prints by Hank O'Neal with original autograph captions on the verso of each by Allen Ginsberg, as reproduced in Gay Day: The Golden Age of the Christopher Street Parade, 1974-1983 (New York, 2006). Hank O'Neal began photographing the annual "Gayday Parade" (as Ginsberg called it) in 1974, intrigued by the festive atmosphere surrounding the groups of marchers assembling outside of his Christopher Street studio. These were the early days of the gay liberation movement, only a few years after the Stonewall riots and before the full force of the AIDS epidemic would galvanize the movement. O'Neal continued to photograph the parade every year throughout the '70s, eventually stopping in 1983 as the parade became better organized, less spontaneous and more media-savvy. Allen Ginsberg saw the prints in O'Neal's Broadway studio in 1982 and was inspired to add his captions - humorous, irreverent, poetic, but sometimes merely descriptive - to the back of 124 of the best images ("I'm so happy! I can display my / big fat ass on the curbstones of heaven!" "Guys at the union / lean on each other like this, / as Whitman noted.") O'Neal had some difficulties in finding a publisher willing to take on the project. It was not until 2006 that Abrams published the images and captions in Gay Day: The Golden Age of the Christopher Street Parade, 1974-1983, with a Preface by William Burroughs and an essay by Neil Miller. The Gay Day archive includes all 124 vintage O'Neal prints captioned by Ginsberg, with an additional 166 vintage prints, 40 exhibition prints, and high resolution scans of the negatives of 1559 images.
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