HAL FISCHER, Street Fashion: Basic Gay, 1977/2012, from series Gay Semiotics, 14 x 11 inches, archival pigment print. Edition of 10.
The photographs of Hal Fischer were introduced to a broad audience in the late 1970s through two groundbreaking publications: Gay Semiotics, a photographic study of visual coding among homosexual men (1977) and Castro St. x 24 (1978). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in both art criticism and photography, Fischer was part of a conceptual photography movement in San Francisco led by artist and publisher, Lew Thomas. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, his art criticism appeared in such journals as Artforum and Artweek, and his photographs were shown in museums and galleries throughout the United States. More recently, his photographs were included in Under the Big Black Sun, California Art 1974-1981 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Limits of Fashion at the Krakow Photomonth Festival.