Old Pictures of Queer New York
Everything’s better in black-and-white. http://slate.me/1T7AsMI
- •For a young photographer like Luis Carle, New York was an exciting place in the 1980s.
- •He quickly found a group of friends who knew how to party — and protest.They were active in many LGBTQ causes, including the March on Washington in 1987.
- •But when the community was wracked by AIDS, many of Carle’s closest friends lost their lives.
- •“I got worried we would disappear,” Carle said. “When I was growing up the older people would always be around telling you do this or that. They would educate you … but then that generation in between didn’t have that because a lot of people died.”
- •To preserve their memories , Carle helped found the Organization of Puerto Rican Artists in 1992.
- •After that, his focus shifted to fine-art photography, and he shot exclusively on digital.But now he’s rediscovering some of his old film negatives and the memories they captured.
- •He’ll be displaying those photos at the Fuerza Fest, as part of an exhibition called “Pride, Activism, Survival”.
- •Unearthing the images triggered many emotions for Carle.“It’s very intense… I started going through [the pictures] and it started bringing up memories of friends; there are pictures of friends who passed away…”
- •With the ever-increasing demand for nostalgia, Carle’s personal memories are about to go public.