Image: Robert Giard, Assotto Saint (Yves Lubin), 1987. Silver gelatin print, 14 x 14 in. Courtesy the Estate of Robert Giard (Jonathan Silin).
ROBERT GIARD (1939-2002) Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay & Lesbian Writers
Apr 25 - May 20, 2020
Robert Giard (1939-2002) was a portrait, landscape, and figure photographer. This exhibition of a dozen portraits is culled from his larger project, Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay & Lesbian Writers. As gays and lesbians “came out” in increasing numbers between the 1970s and the 1990s, it was writers who often lit the way and described the challenges. Giard understood the valedictory quality to which writers paid witness; he felt it important to depict gays and lesbians for whom the written word had long provided solace and a sense of community. These portraits also commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Lambda Literary Awards and the annual Lambda Award Reading taking place at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. The writers portrayed are past winners or nominees for a “Lammy” award.