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Gay Semiotics

Once only available as a portfolio of 24 images, Hal Fischer's seminal series of photographs, Gay Semiotics: A Photographic Study of Visual Coding Among Homosexual Men (1977, reprinted 2017) is now available as singular images in a larger format exclusively through Project Native Informant.

Fischer’s investigation of masculinity and sexuality investigated archetypes, street fashion and “signifiers of accessibility,” such as keys or handkerchiefs, used by gay men in the 1970s to signal sexual preferences. Each sign is depicted in a separate photograph and features a humorously dry description of its meaning. “The gay culture’s new visibility has exposed a subculture developing its own myths, cultural heroes, stereotypes and sign language (semiotic)” and a critical means of communication at a time when homosexuality was prosecuted in the West. The series also extended to various essential elements of erotic desire, tools of the modern gay man at the time, such as amyl nitrate and leather wear. Gay Semiotics is a living document of a period of gay liberation post-Stonewall and the outbreak of AIDS.

Each image is an edition of 15 and framed in an artists frame. The starting price for the initial editions is $3,000.00 + VAT if applicable and will increase as they sell out.

Signifiers for a Male Response
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Handkerchief
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
64 × 79 × 3 cm (25 ¼ × 31 ⅛ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Keys
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
64 × 79 × 3 cm (25 ¼ × 31 ⅛ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Earring 
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
64 × 79 × 3 cm (25 ¼ × 31 ⅛ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Archetypal Media Image: Natural
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Archetypal Media Image: Classical
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Archetypal Media Image: Western
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Archetypal Media Image: Urbane
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Archetypal Media Image: Leather
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Dominance
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Sadism and Masochism
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Submission
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Bondage Device: Meat Hoist
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Bondage Device: Open End Table Block
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Bondage Device: Cross
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Amyl Nitrite
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
64 × 79 × 3 cm (25 ¼ × 31 ⅛ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Leather Apparal
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
64 × 79 × 3 cm (25 ¼ × 31 ⅛ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Gag Mask
1977, printed 2017
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Street Fashion Basic Gay
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Street Fashion Jock
1977, printed 2017
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79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Street Fashion Forties Funk
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Street Fashion Hippie
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Street Fashion Uniform
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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Street Fashion Leather
1977, printed 2017
Carbon pigment print with artist frame
79 × 64 × 3 cm (31 ⅛ × 25 ¼ × 1 ⅛ inches) (framed)
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In addition, the republished Gay Semiotics book is available at limited supply.

Gay Semiotics: A Photographic Study of Visual Coding Among Homosexual Men
Hal Fischer

2015
Cherry and Martin
Softcover, second edition, new
ISBN 13: 9780976184171
 
 
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