Cruising on Christopher Street: Sunil Gupta's nostalgic images of New York's gay scene in 1976

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While studying at the New School, New York, under the legendary Lisette Model, Sunil Gupta would spend his weekends cruising on Christopher Street with his camera. It was the heady days after Stonewall and before AIDS when Sunil and his peers were young and busy creating a gay public space that hadn’t been seen before.

"I came to photography in the early 1970s. What was initially just a hobby quickly found a purpose in the fledgeling gay liberation movement, documenting gay rights marches as well as the burgeoning gay scene," says Sunil. "In retrospect, these pictures have become both nostalgic and iconic for a very important moment in my personal history."

Brought together in a new book, Christopher Street 1976 by Sunil Gupta, published by STANLEY/BARKER.

Born in New Delhi and now living in London, Sunil is an artist, writer and activist. He has a MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, and is currently studying towards a doctorate at the University of Westminster. Sunil’s work has been seen in over 90 international solo and group exhibitions. Discover more at sunilgupta.net.

© Sunil Gupta

© Sunil Gupta

© Sunil Gupta

© Sunil Gupta

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© Sunil Gupta

© Sunil Gupta

© Sunil Gupta

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