These drawings based on photos in my books Out of the Studio and Extraordinary Friends were in my show. Check out my blog -Facebook Censorship at TomBianchi.com. Facebook needs a lesson in art appreciation and the law of free speech.
Facebook recently took down this photograph of one of my life-sized figure drawings. They sent me an email claiming I’d violated “community standards” and instructed me to read their policy statement. The applicable paragraph reads: “Nudity and Pornography - Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.” Facebook uses the words “pornography” and “community standards”, as if they know what those words mean. They borrow those terms from a long line of US Supreme Court cases on censorship, but misuse them. […]
Ben and I wish you a Horny Happy New Year. A New Year resolution : Every day take hold of someone you love and let them know how much you love them.
Polaroids by Tom Bianchi—Courtesy of Demiani; Book Photographed by Carolyn Griffin for TIME
For last-minute holiday shopping ideas, visit TIME’s Photobooks We Love in 2013 on LightBox.
Above: Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983 by Tom Bianchi, published by Damiani, selected by Vince Aletti, photography critic, The New Yorker.
"A collection of SX-70 Polaroids made between 1975 and 1983, Fire Island Pines is a fraught and fascinating period piece: a dazzling view of Eden before the Fall. Bianchi’s particular paradise — a famously hedonistic summer enclave populated almost exclusively by handsome, buffed gay men — looks like a soft-core porn fantasy or a Calvin Klein photo shoot. In a brief introductory note, Edmund White calls this “one version of gay happiness,” and Bianchi anticipates the familiar criticism. He knows the Pines clique was often dismissed as “Too body obsessed. Too fashion obsessed. Too shallow. Too sleazy. Too wild.” But these were his friends and lovers, and in his photographs they’re splendid and seductive and terrifically alive. We know how this story ends; not long after Bianchi stopped taking pictures on Fire Island, many of his subjects had succumbed to AIDS. Looking back is painful; liberation can look like heedlessness in retrospect. But Bianchi’s photographs are also about gay camaraderie—the brotherly love that later turned a crisis into a crusade.”
I’m pleased to be honored with so much talent on the OUT 100 list this year. Looking forward to celebrations in New York later this week. #out100