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) Edition of 15