In 2001, we found a few photographs by a forgotten, early 1960s Brooklyn-based studio called “Les Demi Dieux,” along with correspondence and a couple muscle magazine from the same period that featured his photographs. Through these we tracked down, not the photographer who had died in 2000, but instead his partner and muse of 40 years who was still alive and had preserved the photographer’s entire body of work.
From the moment we began searching for photographer Danny Fitzgerald, met his partner Richard Bennett, acquired and indexed his entire body of work, researched and gathered his stories, and finally this month published the first monograph book of his photographs, we have been obsessed with and inspired by his modernist esthetic, gorgeous compositions, natural and engaging subjects, and lost place in the history of American photography, New York City and the LGBT community. We’re hoping to correct that.
Danny and Richard both remain obsessions and inspirations to us.
Bob Loncar and Jim Kempster