FIRE ISLAND PINES | POLAROIDS 1975 - 1983

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FIRE ISLAND PINES | POLAROIDS 1975 - 1983

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Growing up in the 1950s, Tom Bianchi would head into downtown Chicago and pick up 25-cent “physique” magazines at newsstands. In one such magazine, he found a photograph of bodybuilder Glenn Bishop on Fire Island. “Fire Island sounded exotic, perhaps a name made up by the photographer,” he recalls in the preface to his latest monograph. “I had no idea it was a real place. Certainly, I had no idea then that it was a place I would one day call home.” In 1970, fresh out of law school, Bianchi began traveling to New York, and was invited to spend a weekend at Fire Island Pines, where he encountered a community of gay men. Using an SX-70 Polaroid camera, Bianchi documented his friends’ lives in the Pines, amassing an image archive of people, parties and private moments. These images, published here for the first time, and accompanied by Bianchi’s moving memoir of the era, record the birth and development of a new culture. Soaked in sun, sex, camaraderie and reverie, Fire Island Pines conjures a magical bygone era.

This is a companion book to the newly released 63 E 9th Street | NYC Polaroids 1975 - 1983

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Selected Press

WALLPAPER | Interview | Fire Island Pines

PHOTOGRAPH MAGAZINE | Cover Feature | Fire Island Pines | Jul 2017

NEW YORK TIMES | They Made New York | Hanya Yanagihara | Sept 2015

NOWNESS | Alex Olson: Streets on Fire (Island) | Oct 2014

LAMBDA | Literary Award Finalist 2014 | LGBT Nonfictional

INTERVIEW MAGAZINE | Boys of Summer | Michael Martin

NEW YORK TIMES | Best Photobooks 2013 | Vince Aletti | Nov 2013

PAPER MAGAZINE | Beyond the Pines | Luigi Tadini | Jun 2013

VICE | Elektra Kotsoni | June 2013

FADER MAGAZINE | Alex Frank | Jun 2013

WALL STREET JOURNAL | Polaroid Memories of the Pines | Kimberley Chou | May 2013

NEW YORK TIMES  | The Architecture of Seduction | Guy Trebay | May 2013

ANOTHER MAGAZINE | Apr 2013