Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines

5.20.2013

By Out.com Editors

Intimate Polaroids from a hedonistic, bygone era.

Photos courtesy D.A.P.

“After knocking on too many more locked doors, I put the photos away in a box. The Pines was ground zero as AIDS exploded about that time. That was 40 years ago. A horrific amount of the life recorded in my pictures was consumed in the chaos of the crisis within a few years. I could not have imagined then that my Polaroids would so suddenly become a record of a lost world—my box of pictures a mausoleum, too painful to visit. When I reopened the box decades later, I found friends and lovers playing and smiling. Alive again.” —Tom Bianchi

Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines (Damiani) is out May 31.

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