Vintage Photos of Gay Love From the Early 1900s

Aug 28 at 9am

These days San Francisco has gay pride coming out the proverbial wazoo, but in the distant (and not-so-distant) past, the majority of gay individuals and couples had to stay painfully deep in the closet. While looking at a decades-old image capturing a free, joyous moment between a gay couple just being themselves shouldn't be such a rarity, man, it really does bring on the smiles. Artist and filmmaker Sébastien Lifshitz put together a unique collection of photographs depicting playful gay couples, as well as cross-dressers and expressions of gender fluidity from between 1900 to 1960 that he hunted down from flea markets and garage sales. Here is a selection of some of the photos from his book, The Invisibles: Vintage Portraits of Love and Pride, published by Rizzoli (available here).

Photos from the collection of Sébastien Lifshitz.


© THE INVISIBLES: VINTAGE PORTRAITS OF LOVE AND PRIDE by Sébastien Lifshitz, Rizzoli New York, 2014.

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