March 18, 2016

'Hustlers' - Magnetic Portraits of Male Prostitutes on the Streets of New York and Los Angeles in the 1990s

From between 1993 and 1998, Los Angeles-based artist Eve Fowler photographed young gay men selling sex on the streets of the West Village in New York and Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. Drawing on her background in both journalism and photography, Fowler explores queerness and social "otherness."

Hustlers gathers intimate images that lay bare the ambiguities of identity, class, sexuality and gender--all of which combine to lend the figure of the hustler a semi-dangerous allure, and the ambiguous attractions of the social outlaw. Stark and unencumbered by typical compositional elements or dramatic lighting, Fowler's subjects demand direct consideration, forcing the viewer to confront in a single face both masculine vulnerability and intrepidity.

(Photos © Eve Fowler)


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