Pride Month in Images

Balloons at NYC Pride March 2013. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Things to do and photograph this Pride Month

It’s June 2019, and that means it’s Pride Month, not only that but this year we celebrate 50 years of Pride. So, Happy Pride!

Since this is, still, a photography blog, here are a couple of questions:

How do you photograph Pride?

What you photograph for Pride?

NYC Prie 2013. Photo by Alina Oswald.
New York City Pride march and related Pride photography, June 30, 2013.

As one who has photographed Pride and covered the LGBTQ+ community over the years, here are a few ideas:

  • photograph Pride events, especially during the month of June; if you’re in Europe, you might be able to find EuroPride events throughout the summer; in Germany, for example, there’s Christopher Street Day, CSD, named after Christopher Street in Manhattan, where the Stonewall Inn is, where the riots started fifty years ago; CSD is celebrated throughout the summer in Germany; I hear that Koln (Cologne) CSD is something to check out.
  • photograph LGBTQ+-related events during and around Pride Month
  • photograph related memorials, monuments, artwork, etc.
  • learn more about LGBTQ+ history, activism, and activists, and come up with subjects and stories to photograph

While there are plenty of events to attend this month, here are a few other ideas of what to do this June to celebrate or acknowledge Pride and in particular the 50th anniversary of Stonewall Riots, #Stonewall50 :

Check out books by author Hans M. Hirschi

NYC Pride March 2013. Photo by Alina Oswald.
NYC Pride March 2013. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Check out works by activist, artist, and author Avram Finkelstein and read his book, After Silence

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Queerpower Silence=Death facade at Leslie-Lohman Museum for 30-year anniversary of Silence=Death poster. Photo by Alina Oswald, originally published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine.
Found: art show curated by Avram Finkelstein, at Leslie-Lohman Museum. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Found. An art show displayed at Leslie-Lohman Museum and curated by Avram Finkelstein. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Watch Ron B’s show, No Boundaries: Up Close and Personal (on local TV stations and also online)

No Boundaries Up Close and Personal: Ron B performing on stage at MNN. Photo by Alina Oswald.
No Boundaries Up Close and Personal: Ron B performing on stage at MNN. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Check out events hosted by Reverend Yolanda, right here in the city

Rev. Yolanda performing on Ron B's show, No Boundaries Up Close and Personal, at MNN in NYC. Photo by ALina Oswald.
Rev. Yolanda performing at MNN, on Ron B’s show, No Boundaries Up Close and Personal. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Stop by Leslie-Lohman Museum or by Visual AIDS

Watch A Normal Heart or After Louie

Pride Hearts in Jersey City. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Colorful hearts decorate the streets of Jersey City for JC Pride Fest 2018. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

If in NYC, stop by Hudson Yards and check out The Shed, a new art space now featuring works by artists like Avram Finkelstein.

Happy Pride!

Alina Oswald

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