West Side's Story

Ilana Diamond | June 27, 2014 | Story Galleries and Performance

Images of police violently clashing with young gay men in Greenwich Village dominated the public’s idea of gay life circa 1969—but on the other coast, photographer Anthony Friedkin was capturing a much more intimate perspective.

Coinciding with the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the de Young Museum will exhibit Friedkin’s The Gay Essay in its entirety—over 75 intimate portraits of men and women in the gay communities of San Francisco and Los Angeles during the culturally tumultuous years from 1969 to 1973. Though widely unknown, the series serves as a reminder of a not-too-distant past and a celebration of the people who, in their own way, paved the road toward acceptance. June 14, 2014–Jan. 11, 2015, deyoung.famsf.org

Originally published in the July issue of San Francisco

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