Conversation with photographer Hugo Fernandes at Emory set for Oct. 11

New York City-based photographer Hugo Fernandes will join Randy Gue, curator of modern, political and historical collections at Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, for a conversation about

Aaron, Seattle, 2013, Grindr. Photographed by Hugo Fernandes.

his work on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room at the Woodruff Library on the Emory University campus. Open to the public at no charge, the event is part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) series.

Fernandes will discuss his “Intimate Strangers” photography series. For 10 years, Fernandes initiated meetings with men through online and app-based cruising sites to set up photo shoots. The resulting portraits explore anonymity, intimacy, sexuality and digital culture.

“One of the striking aspects of the series, one that we will specifically address in the talk, is how shifts in technology in photography and in networking applications affected Hugo’s work,” Gue says. “When he started this project in 2006, he posted ads on Craigslist. Much later in the series, he used apps like Grindr and Scruff.”

Fernandes’ work is part of the Rose Library’s growing photography collection that explores issues of gender and sexuality, including the collections of Jon Arge, Dianora Niccolini, Len Prince, Billy Howard and Catherine Kirkpatrick, as well as the library’s LGBT collections.

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