Photographing Pride and the LGBTQ+ Community Through the Years
I know, I know, this is my second post on photographing and covering Pride and related events, but there’s a reason for it. This June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (or “Rebellion” as some call it), so bear with me. Also, while I initially wrote this post about a month ago, I decided to add to it, to update you on a few new events and happenings.
Over the years, I’ve photographed the NYC Pride March, JC Pride Fest, as well as other related events. I’ve also covered the LGBTQ+ community and not only during Pride Month. I’m often asked why I cover this subject? The short answer is: because I feel like I connect with the subject, with the story. (and for those wondering why I cover HIV and AIDS, the answer is similar) More on that in my upcoming, July cover story for A&U Magazine. (stay tuned)
But, for now, back to photography and photographing Pride. If you wonder what to photograph this particular Pride Month? The sky is the limit, really. Here are a few examples:
Photograph the NYC Pride March(es) there are two marches this year on the same day. So, charge your batteries, format your memory cards, and go out and photograph, rain or shine.
Volunteer to march with Visual AIDS in the Pride and distribute What Is 21st Century Liberation broadsheets [designed by Avram Finkelstein and Rodrigo Moreiro].
Photograph celebrities (and others) at the NYC Pride:
Check out Pride-related events. There are plenty. Or check out Pride-related art shows.
Art exhibits like The Shed Open Call at Hudson Yards:
Stop by the Museum of the City of New York and check out the Pride exhibition, showing Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah:
Check out the art in public spaces–art displays in public spaces in connection to this year’s World Pride:
Attend panel discussions on the history of Pride, LGBTQ+ history, and much more, such as Public Art and Activism: 1980s to Today panel discussion at Public Art Fund in NYC:
Photograph Pride Night:
Photograph Pride details:
Most importantly, this special Pride Month, have fun, celebrate, and remember those who came before us and made it all possible.
Happy World Pride!
And, as always, thanks for stopping by!