210 x 260 mm
Hustlers documents a photographic series taken on the streets of the West Village in New York and Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles between 1993 and 1998. Drawing on her background in both journalism and photography, the photographer explores queerness and social “otherness.” Here, her untitled, intimate images lay bare the ambiguities of identity, class, sexuality and gender—all of which combine to lend the figure of the hustler a semi-dangerous allure, and the ambiguous attractions of the social outlaw. Stark and unencumbered by typical compositional elements or dramatic lighting, Fowler’s subjects demand direct consideration, forcing the viewer to confront in a single face both masculine vulnerability and intrepidity. Accompanying this collection is an essay by Kevin Killian, an award-winning American poet, author and playwright well known for his contributions to LGBT literature.
About the Artist
Eve Fowler, born in 1964, is an American photographer and journalist. She holds a BA in Journalism from Temple University, and an MA in Photography from Yale. Fowler was born in Philadelphia, PA and has been living and working in Los Angeles since 2002. Fowler’s most notable work includes her series of texts appropriating Gertrude Stein’s poetry, and her portraits of male hustlers in New York and Los Angeles in the 90s. Identifying as a lesbian and feminist, Fowler’s work tries to identify what she perceives as male biases in language and culture and reframe them around sex-positive, feminist, and queered images
About the Publisher
Capricious is an arts foundation based in New York focused primarily on book publishing and an annual photo book award, with an emphasis on supporting intersectional, queer perspectives.