Direct, intimate, personal.
The career of Peter Hujar is marked more by his personal evolution and his experiences than the events that usually shape an artist's career. This exhibition represents the most detailed account to date of the work of this American photographer. Through over 150 photographs we can follow his work from the 1950s up to the end of the 1980s. Hujar (Trenton, 1934 - New York, 1987) started his career in the world of commercial photography in the 1950s. Nevertheless, he soon decided to abandon this path, distancing himself from the commercial circuit to concentrate on artistic photography.
As a photographer, he was a portraitist in everything he did. What drove and motivated Hujar was the spark of the encounter and the exchange between the Artist and Subject, establishing a direct relationship that allowed him to penetrate the true nature of what he portrayed.
Closely linked to the counter-cultural movements of the time, he captured fragments of the reality of New York in the 1970s and depicted the underground sociocultural scene, with shots of renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Susan Sontag and William S. Burroughs, as well as other anonymous downtown characters.