- IDOLSBy Gilles Larrain
- Duringthe early 1970s Larrain’s SoHo-New York- studio became a haven for theglamorous misfits who were exploring their sexual identity of theirtransvestite world.
Larrainprobed beneath the glitter and posturing to expose joy and unbridledexcitement, as well as the desperation and vulnerability during thatrevolutionary time.
Theselandscapes of the soul resulted in the book Idols,published in 1973.
Theyoung talented photographer Ryan McGinley “I can’t remember when I first saw thebook 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 photographybooks I’ve ever
seen.Gillescontributed to the anthropological timeline of New York history, and byphotographing them, he made these people into the people they wanted to be.”
Theedition here presented results from a new interpretation of the work, nowavailable in a new edition by PowerHouse.
FromIdols 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 dowhat we want. When we put our clothes, we feel free. If other people want toshare in our joy and freedom, they’re welcome to. There’s strength andself-confidence in the way I dress. Suddenly I don’t feel ugly anymore.”
Toknow more about the artist please visit www.gilleslarrain.com