Peter Hujar (Trenton, 1934-New York, 1987) was, above all, a great portrait artist - of his times, his friends and of the New York that he knew, experienced and lived in. His work traces the landscape of an era that ran from the 1950s through to his death. Through over 150 examples of his photos, we were able to get to know his work in Spain, and now he's going home.
An active member of the counter-cultural movements of the time, he captured the reality of 1970s New York and portrayed the sociocultural scene with his camera. Artists and writers such as Andy Warhol, Susan Sontag and William S. Burroughs were caught by his lens, just like many of the anonymous Downtown characters of the time.
The vital thing for this photographer, of Anglo-Saxon descent, was connecting with others. Determination and discovery, establishing a rapport between the artist and his subject that allowed him to expose the true nature of anyone captured by his camera.