Brad, 2019 - from a shoot in the meat rack celebrating his triumph over cancer. Dick blur by @censor, the dick blurring app
Birth / Death / Fishman
Join us in celebrating the launch of @rachelstern’s new #MATTEeditions title Slow Morpheus @printedmatterinc next Thursday night (book design by @khoon_choi)
Excellent summer assistant
Very happy to announce that MATTE Editions, my book publishing imprint, is now distributed by @citizeneditions. All MATTE titles available at a wider range of stores and on www.citizeneditions.com ******SUMMER SPECIAL***** Free shipping on US orders of $50 or more with the code SUMMERSHIP at checkout #exposingthenaughtyside
new work in progress
Photos I took of Jeremy on another island in 2017 - upcoming performances on Fire Island @boffo_ny !
Issue 53 of MATTE magazine is now available through @printedmatterinc! The beautiful essay that @horaceballard wrote for the issue is also repubublished in full on @aperturefnd. The issue’s other essay by @wj_simmons is only available in print. Almost 100 pages of @michaelbaileygates photos for $20 📞☎️📠 Repost @printedmatterinc with @get_repost ・・・ The work of photographer Michael Bailey-Gates is the subject of this issue of MATTE Magazine, a periodical with a specific interest in queer issues, and often dedicated to one artist per publication. @michaelbaileygates, an American artist, presents a body of work composed of single and group portraits, as well as staged shots, in both black-and-white and color, which, as Horace D. Ballard, Ph.D., writes in his introductory essay to this issue, “don’t so much interrogate gender as bypass it,” an analysis that suits Bailey-Gates’ own position that “Gender isn’t real. I want photography to support this fact. I want to challenge binary systems of thinking and overcome them.” Bailey-Gates’ photographs are intimate and joyous celebrations, at once introspective and playful, drawing on influences ranging from classical portraiture to Robert Mapplethorpe, Marc Jacobs, and Nan Goldin. Within this collection of photographs, the artist presents himself as subject as much as image creator. MATTE Magazine is a platform for new ideas in photography edited and published since 2010 by Matthew Leifheit @mattelife. Stock ID 115491. Link in bio, $20.
John, 2018 (from Fire Island Night)
#rhquaytman and #jacobthelilpoodle
I recently took this Polaroid of fragments of a wax hand that Paul Thek left on Fire Island in the early 80s. When he came to Oakleyville for the last time he scattered wax casts of parts of his body around town and my neighbor found these in a medicine cabinet. Other photos by Peter Hujar
@pomegranate_press made a zine of my pictures from Key West! There are probably a hundred of these pictures and they chose many that haven’t been seen before. Link to order in bio - $15 ・・・ hi all!! happy release day 🥰 @mattelife’s LANDSLIDE is available now! 32 pages, full color, limited to 65 copies with 25 special edition ones! so happy with how these turned out, and excited to showcase some of the more delicate sides of Florida through a beautiful collection of work.
Exciting new work by some of my former students in the Parsons BFA show at Aperture
Rachel and Ursula
My illustrator friend Ole and I made this image at the request of Jose, a prisoner in solitary confinement at the state supermax prison in Tehachapi, CA, as part of @photos2solitary. Read his request below, as well as a link to fulfill your own. Show opens May 28th @BKLYNlibrary. — @photos2solitary: Can you take photos, Photoshop, or draw? Want to make an image envisioned by someone held in solitary confinement? Don't miss this event at @BKLYNlibrary on May 28! Photo Requests from Solitary: Brooklyn, Let's Fill Requests! ⠀ https://buff.ly/2J8iCwR⠀ ⠀ Image by: @mattelife for Jose, Jr. at the state supermax prison in Tehachapi, California. Jose requested “a photograph of a scene of the ocean with a sunset and the bright sun illuminating the water and creating an orange/red sky and also within the photo have a flock of birds in a V formation flying towards the sunset and in the ocean have either dolphins or whales swimming towards the sunset as well…”⠀ Jose said, “I have never seen an ocean sunset as I have been incarcerated for almost 20 years and I miss the aspect of nature and being free to fly around the world like a bird or a dolphin. Being in solitary confinement prohibits from touching dirt, grass, or even a tree and any part of nature or animals or anything from another earth. As long as the sun rises and sun sets every day there is hope for life on the other side to be a part of humanity and not be treated like a caged animal or herd of cows being moved from one cave or cage to the next without any human and social life at all.”
Received this beautiful gelatin silver print in the mail from the sweetest @markwmcknight — “Untitled (P’s back), 2019” — congrats to Mark for winning this year’s Aperture Portfolio Prize!
My student @onnicha.oom made a fax machine and camera out of paper for finals! (cc @john_lehr)
One of my favorite contributions to the piece “These Queer PhotoBooks Changed My Life” which I co-edited with @brendanembser for the new issue of @aperturefnd’s The PhotoBook Review. We asked 11 curators, writers, and artists to choose a book that was formative to them.
I love Oscar
Amazing visit with @greer_lankton_archives_museum
Details from MATTE Issue 52: photos by Sadie Cornette Cook with poetry by Rachel Stewart (thanks @bennetwade) #LAABF table O22
I’ll be at the #LAArtBookFair all weekend! Booth O22, Focus: Photography section
Drawing of me from critique yesterday by my student @sleepywyatt I think she nailed my posture
Palladium print by my very talented former student @katya.hall from her thesis exhibition at Pratt on view until Friday
MATTE Magazine Issue 52: Photos by Sadie Cornette Cook with poetry by Rachel Stewart will be available at the LA Art Book Fair this weekend.
Lenticular images from @aurarosenberg’s show “Statues Also Fall in Love” @martos_gallery
MATTE Magazine Issue 53: photos by Michael Bailey-Gates with essays by Horace D. Ballard and William J. Simmons will be launched at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair next weekend, booth O22