Tom Bianchi, Fire Island Pines *special edition
'Growing up in the 1950s, Tom Bianchi would head into downtown Chicago and pick up 25-cent physique magazines at newsstands. In one such magazine, he found a photograph of bodybuilder Glenn Bishop on Fire Island. Fire Island sounded exotic, perhaps a name made up by the photographer, he recalls in the preface to his latest monograph. I had no idea it was a real place. Certainly, I had no idea then that it was a place I would one day call home. In 1970, fresh out of law school, Bianchi began traveling to New York, and was invited to spend a weekend at Fire Island Pines, where he encountered a community of gay men. Using an SX-70 Polaroid camera, Bianchi documented his friends' lives in the Pines, amassing an image archive of people, parties and private moments. These images, published here for the first time, and accompanied by Bianchi's moving memoir of the era, record the birth and development of a new culture. Soaked in sun, sex, camaraderie and reverie, Fire Island Pines conjures a magical bygone era.'
This Collector's Edition includes the book 'Fire Island Pines | Polaroids 1975-1983' and a print, signed and numbered by Tom Bianchi, printed in 2013 in a limited edition of 67 copies plus 5 Artist Proofs, archival fine art Gicl̩ee print on textured fine art paper, 8,5 x 10 inches.
The first 2 images on this page are the limited edition print.