Thirst Traps And Spy Booths — Vintage Gay Photography

Recently sold! There are six more in this limited edition of ten.
Thyrell And Chris Outside The Pendulum Bar SF, 1986 photo by Jim James aka Photojimsf

Sold!

I’m happy as clams at high water! Why? Because I’ve recently completed a third sale to my prolific art collector in Brooklyn, Mr. Ricardo Walton. Who happens to be very handsome too, btw. Here’s his Instagram: @ricardowalton2

Thirst Traps

It was an unusually hot summer afternoon, so I had to make my way to the Pendulum Bar to quench my thirsts. BTW, that was where the black men and those of us who chased them went. Thyrell on the left was quite the charmer, and worked as the doorman/bouncer. Chris Costa on the right was from Springfield Massachusetts, and attending law School in SF.

The two of them were joking and laughing outside like the world was their oyster. Tickling, groping, bitch slapping, and so kind to let me shoot off a roll of film while they horsed around. This is the one shot out of the bunch where they looked serious, maybe even poignant, and oddly enough the shot that made the most impact on me.

The Spy Booth

Just a trivial but fun side note, in the background you can see the South China Cafe. Family run for decades, closed for decades, but very popular with patrons at the Pendulum Bar. With a long counter for single diners one side, there were wooden, cabin booths for groups on the other side.

One particular booth about halfway in, if you sat on the outer seat facing the street, had a direct line of sight to the front door of the Pendulum Bar. I always tried to nab that seat, feast on my stir fried clams with oyster sauce, and monitor the comings and goings for potential, ummmm, models!

Print History

The first showing of “Thyrell And Chris” was in July 2019, part of my “Black And White Nostalgia” exhibit at STRUT SF. That edition was just sold to my handsome Brooklyn supercollector. This is it’s first publishing on the internet, other than the ebook/catalog from the show.

Specifications

Shot on Kodak Tri-X film, and “pulled two stops”, I hand developed this film in the darkroom at Jebbe’s Camera Shop in the Excelsior district of SF. I did most of their darkroom work back in the late ’80’s.

The first edition was printed many years later, 2019, on Noritsu Premium photo paper by Oscar’s Photo Lab SF. The remaining nine editions will be printed on my favorite, Epson Hot Press Natural cotton art rag paper and come in the very convenient 8 x 10 size.

This limited edition also comes with a certificate of authenticity, bill of sale, and is shipped free to the US.

“Thyrell And Chris Outside The Pendulum Bar SF 1986is currently selling for $100.

Price is guaranteed for the next three editions, numbers two, three, and four, through 2021.

If you’re interested in this fine piece of artwork, shoot me your email, I can send you a clickable invoice, and answer your questions.

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Happy Fourth Of July From Photojimsf

photo: “Rodney Bacon At Ocean Beach SF 1985” B&w 8×10 $100*

“Black And White Nostalgia” Exhibit Is At STRUT SF Now

A photographic romp through gay San Francisco from the late 70’s through the late 90’s, by yours truly, Jim James. Aka Photojimsf. The exhibit is up now at STRUT SF.

You’re Invited!!!

I feel so lucky, and grateful for STRUT SF’s encouragement and support. Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Alex Ray, and volunteers make it happen, and throw a delightful reception with light hors d’oeuvres and flowing wines. I hope you can come, it’s Friday July 12, 8 to 10 pm.

Exhibition Dates:
July 2 to July 27, 2019

Opening Reception:
Friday July 12, 2019, from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Light refreshments and drinks

Location:
STRUT SF
470 Castro St. 2nd floor
San Francisco, CA 94114

“The Smoke After The Fire SF 1985” Framed b&w 11×14 $150

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Happy Pride From Photojimsf

Happy Pride. This vintage moment is from the Gay Freedom Day parade of 1986. I guess back then freedom was more important than pride.

Pictured is Joe Smith, wearing a MEN’S room sign headress and not much else.

Joe died a few years later from HIV, one of dozens more pictured during happier times in my upcoming photo exhibit “Black And White Nostalgia”.

It’s at STRUT SF, July 2019. Opening reception is Friday July 12.

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Stonewall-50 Years 2019 Art + Pride Exhibit

I’m happy as a dog with two tails to be included in this big group art show. I have two vintage black and white photographs from 1979 in the exhibit, they’re for sale. Would you like a sneak peak? Click here to see, with an option to sign up for my e-newsletter:

You’re Invited!

The show is up for a full month starting June 22, the date of the reception. Director Dave Christensen knows how to throw a good art opening, and everyone who’s anyone will be there, including you!

Derek And Robert, Halloween In The Castro 1984.
This teaser did not make it in this show, but will be on display
with others like it at STRUT SF, July 2019.

Stonewall-50 Years — 2019 Art+Pride Exhibit

Exhibition Dates: June 22-July 21, 2019
Opening Reception: June 22nd, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott St. San Francisco

In honoring the Stonewall riots 50 years ago, Harvey Milk Photo Center proudly present you the Stonewall 50 Years Anniversary Art Exhibit. This exhibit is intended for local artists to showcase their best contemporary artworks focusing on celebrating LGBTQ community. 

Dave Christensen, Director, Harvey Milk Photo Center
Nicola Bosco-Alvarez, Entertainment Producer 
Illustration by Gordon Silveria

GALLERY HOURS

Harvey Milk Photo Center

Monday: Closed
Tue-Thur: 3pm-9:30pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am-5:30pm
Sunday: 11am-5:30pm

Source: Stonewall 50 Years Anniversary Art Exhibition – Harvey Milk Photo Center


Tatooed Muscle Man, Castro Street Fair, 1989. Another teaser from “Black And White Nostalgia”, coming to STRUT SF July 2019. Sign up to jimslist for more info.

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