Peter Hujar: At the speed of life

Barcelona, Photography

His beginnings

Peter Hujar began working as a commercial photographer, but then decided to leave this field of photography to dedicate to a more artistic works, which led him to capture moments more related to the counterculture movements of the decade of the 70s and to interact with artists of great elite like Andy Warhol, Susan Sontag or William S. Burroughs. He was a participant of the New York underground culture of the time.

Another subject that was very present in his work was homosexuality. Living near the Stonewall Inn, where the gay revolution began in the United States, he had the opportunity to be present at several meetings of the Gay Liberation Front, a group organized by his sentimental partner at the time. His work would serve as an image of the Gay Liberation Front poster in 1970.

Hujar was a traditional portraitist who was motivated by the spark of encounter and exchange between the artist and model. He liked to establish a direct relationship with the portraiture that allowed him to enter into its true essence.

The exhibition

Organized by the MAPFRE Foundation, Barcelona and The Morgan Library & Museum New York, this tour consists of 150 photographs that show the work of the photographer from the 1950s to the end of the 80s.

The route faithfully attends to the preferences of the artist, who showed his photographs in energetic and surprising juxtapositions. A strong feature of his work is the invisibility of technique in his photographs and at the same time the concern and care he had for it.
From our design hotel in Barcelona we invite you to enjoy this look at the years of work of this iconic photographer of American culture.