- IDOLSBy Gilles Larrain
- During the early 1970s Larrain’s SoHo-New York- studio became a haven for the glamorous misfits who were exploring their sexual identity of their transvestite world.
Larrain probed beneath the glitter and posturing to expose joy and unbridled excitement, as well as the desperation and vulnerability during that revolutionary time.
These landscapes of the soul resulted in the book Idols, published in 1973.
The young talented photographer Ryan McGinley “I can’t remember when I first saw the book Idols by Gilles Larrain. All I know is that ever since I got it, it’s been a huge influence on me. Idols is one of the best photography books I’ve ever
seen. Gilles contributed to the anthropological timeline of New York history, and by photographing them, he made these people into the people they wanted to be.”
The edition here presented results from a new interpretation of the work, now available in a new edition by PowerHouse.
From Idols Introduction: “We dress for our own pleasure and get off on each other. It’s our own small world; within it we understand and are understood-and we do what we want. When we put our clothes, we feel free. If other people want to share in our joy and freedom, they’re welcome to. There’s strength and self-confidence in the way I dress. Suddenly I don’t feel ugly anymore.”
To know more about the artist please visit www.gilleslarrain.com