Gay Pride Weekend

(“Young meat catholes appreciating each other’s summer mouths.”)  (A.G.) = photo by Hank O’Neal

Hank O’Neal‘s Gay Pride photos were a collection of images so beloved by Allen that he found himself annotating and captioning them.

Swann Auction Galleries in New York recently featured some of them in their historic LGBTQ+ auction,  (Zachary Small (for Hyperallergic) writes about it here).

As the photographer, himself, has explained:

“In the early 1970s the annual Gay Pride Parade assembled in front of my recording studio at 173 Christopher Street and I photographed the event almost from an insider’s perspective because of the location of my studio. I continued to photograph the parade until it began to assemble uptown and become a more structured, predictable event. In the early 1980s, Allen Ginsberg and I selected what we thought were the best 120 photographs that we hoped would be assembled as a book, with an introduction provided by William S. Burroughs. Allen wrote captions and poems for the selected photographs but all the publishers to whom the project was presented were horrified. The book was finally published as Gay Day by Abrams in 2006. These are some of my favorite photographs from the project.”

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