Hal Fischer

1979, printed 2016
Carbon pigment print; 10 print pairs in handmade case with denim covering
Each print:: 8 × 10 inches (20.32 × 25.40 cm)
Edition of 45

Street Fashion Jock
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print
30 × 24 inches (76.20 × 60.96 cm)
Edition of 15

Archetypal Media Image Urbane
1977 (printed 2017)
Carbon pigment print
Edition of 15

Gay Semiotics
1977, printed 2014
Carbon pigment print; 24 prints in handmade case with denim covering
Each print:: 20 × 16 inches (50.80 × 40.64 cm)
Edition of 45


Hal Fischer


1987 MFA University of California, San Diego
1976 MA San Francisco State University, San Francisco
1974 Pennsylvania State University, University Park
1973 London Film School, London
1973 BFA University of Illinois, Urbana

Solo Exhibitions:

2015 Hal Fischer: Gay Semiotics, Ratio 3, San Francisco
2015 Situation #8: Hal Fischer: Gay Semiotics 1977/2014, Fotomuseum Wintherur, Wintherur
2015 Hal Fischer: Gay Semiotics, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
1980 Hal Fischer, New Image Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg
1980 Sommerpause – European Snapshots, ASUC Studio, University of California, Berkeley
1979 Photo-Narratives, Lawson de Celle Gallery, San Francisco
1977 Photospectus, Reading Museum of Art, Reading, California
1977 Hal Fischer, Lawson de Celle Gallery, San Francisco

Group Exhibitions:

2015 Richard Wright: Nine Chains To The Moon (Chapter 3), BQ, Berlin
2011 Under the Big Black Sun, California Art 1974-1981, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1984 Photography in California, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (traveling exhibition)
1981 Photographs and Words: An Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
1980 San Francisco Imprint: Photographic Projects, curated by Hal Fischer, Franklin Furnace, New York
1979 Hal Fischer, Donna-Lee Phillips, Meyer Hirsch, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
1979 Problematic Photography, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo
1979 Attitudes: Photography in the 1970s, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara
1979 The Photographic Billboard Show, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
1978 Contemporary California Photography, Buffalo State University, Buffalo
1978 Contemporary California Photography, Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco
1978 Postcard Show, Tyson Gallery, San Francisco
1977 Photo-Linguists, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara
1977 Photoerotica, Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco
1976 Photography and Language, La Mamelle, San Francisco
1976 New Photographics, Central Washington State University, Ellensburg
1976 Alternative Processes, Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco


1979 18th near Castro Street x 24, NFS Press, San Francisco
1978 Gay Semiotics, NFS Press, San Francisco

Artist Website: gaysemiotics.com


7 Jun 2017

HFI :: Review of Hal Fischer, Gay Semiotics in Artforum

4 Mar 2017

HFI :: CONVERSATIONS Hal Fischer interviewed by Francesco Tenaglia

9 Mar 2017

HFI :: Photographs that Pick Apart Gay Archetypes of the 1970s

4 Mar 2017

HFI :: Sex symbols: what does a blue hankie in your left back pocket mean?