Wesley Gibson by Robert Giard
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)Further Readings:
Personal Saviors by Wesley Gibson
Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions (October 3, 2011)
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Welcome to the South. Circa 1969. Where everything is about to change. Paul is an eleven year-old boy caught between his fundamentalist faith and the growing awareness of his sexuality. Lady is a black girl who has been integrated into Paul's school and doesn't want to be there. Helen, Paul's mother, is trying to become a country music star to stave off her increasing disillusionment as wife and mother. Rupert, Paul's father, is increasingly convinced that extra-terrestrials exist and he needs to find them. And Velvet Archer, Paul's gorgeously attractive neighbor, haplessly careens between church and a career in an effort to save herself from her addictions. Sharp, funny, and infused with a dark, sly cleverness, Personal Saviors is a marvelous social snapshot of American lives desperate for any sort of salvation.
More Particular Voices at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Particular Voices
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