“Black And White Nostalgia” A Big Success

“Archangel Of The West Village Wigstock NYC 1994” Framed b&w 16×20 $250

Have A Plate Of Gratitude

I’m just so grateful for the positive response to the photo exhibit “Black And White Nostalgia”, my first photo exhibit in decades. It was up the month of July at STRUT SF, a gay men’s sexual health clinic in the Castro, SF.

If you missed it, do not despair! I created an ebook of the show, with the same title. Thirty Three big, beautiful, digital reproductions of the images in the show, plus a few extras that didn’t make the show. If you sign up for my new enewsletter “jimslist”, you’ll receive the ebook/show catalog as a special thank you.

“Smiling Man With Smiling Man’s Best Friend Folsom St. Fair 1996”
Framed b&w 16×20 $250

About “Black And White Nostalgia”

This group of images was taken from the late 70’s through the late 90’s in gay San Francisco. I was shooting only in black and white back then, and hand developing and printing my own work at the Harvey Milk Photography Center, and at the San Francisco Art Institute.

The era was a wonderful yet terrifying period in gay history. The tail end of the golden era of gay, or the “good ole days”, transitioning to the difficult and challenging AIDS years.

When just the thought of being gay was dangerous, and the nation was gripped with the fear of HIV, here was a community not only surviving, but thriving; openly, defiantly, and flawlessly!

“The Annual Great Tricycle Race Fundraiser” 1985 by Jim James aka Photojimsf

The artwork practically flew off the walls, I booked sales on twelve pieces from the show! We silent auctioned off two more pieces to benefit the “Elizabeth Taylor Gay Men’s Network”, a community group near and dear to my heart. Then we raffled off two more pieces!

I’ve delivered half of the artworks already. So my schedule is loosening up a bit from being so busy, you can expect to see more postings here on Photojimsf. Thanks so much for stopping by.

“Tattooed Muscle Man Castro St. Fair” 1989 by JIm James aka Photojimsf

I’d like to thank everyone who came to the reception on Friday, July 12. It was a grand evening, lots of old friends and new, the wine was flowing, and so was the money!

There’s a few people I’d like to thank in particular.

My dear friends Wayne Tosti, Manolo Torres, and Rick Gerharter for helping hang the show. This being my first in decades, I was completely out of practice and I would probably still be there now trying to get the artwork up on the walls.

Baruch Porras-Hernandez, director of the art exhibit program at STRUT. His knowledge and experience with exhibiting artwork was crucial to the success of the show.

Alex Ray, director of the Bridgemen volunteer program at STRUT and an accomplished photographer, for his inspiration, encouragement, and his time helping run the opening reception. He also helps coordinate events for the Elizabeth Taylor Gay Men’s Network.

Vince Chrisostomo, director of the SF AIDS Foundation’s Elizabeth Taylor Gay Men’s Network, and btw 2018 SF Gay Pride Grand Marshall. He warmly welcomed me into the group which gives a feeling of belonging, and breaks a pattern of isolation and depression so common among the aging, but particularly among aging gay men.

Free eBook Of The Show

And last but not least, you! Whether you came to the show or not, you’re still here at the end of this blog post. Thanks for your interest in my work. As a special thank-you, here’s a link to sign up for “jimslist”, my new enewsletter that comes with a free ebook/catalog of the show “Black And White Nostalgia”:


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Should I Or Shouldn’t I?

Archangel Of The West Village, Wigstock NYC 1994.

I was so lucky to get a full length shot of this celestial creature, Wigstock was so crowded that year, 1994. It took more than 20 clicks before I got one that wasn’t obscured by 200,000 queens in wigs.

Should it be included in my up-coming show “Black And White Nostalgia” at STRUT SF in July? It’s a photographic romp through gay San Francisco from the late 70’s to the late 90’s. Yet this image is from New York City.

Hasn’t every gay man in SF been to our bigger, used to be more expensive sister city at least — a hundred times? I’m leaning towards pairing this vintage moment with dozens more local classic must-sees from the same era.

Let me know what you think, keep it or lose it? Comment below, and while you’re at it, sign up for my e-newsletter.

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“Black And White Nostalgia”

Solo Exhibit by Jim James aka Photojimsf

STRUT SF

470 Castro St.

July 2 through July 27

Vintage Gay SF

“‘Black And White Nostalgia — Vintage Gay S.F.” is the working title for my upcoming photo exhibit; July 2019 at STRUT SF. Reception on Friday, July 12 from 8pm to 10pm.

Here’s a few teaser images, out of dozens under consideration for this show.

Castro Street Fair, 1990 ish. He was intimidating at first, but was happy to pose. I gave him my card, but never heard from him. A collector mentioned he may have made a few adult films. Anyone know who he is, leave a comment below?

The first ever “Up Your Alley” festival, on Ringold Alley, July 1985. These crazy queens were selling kisses and beer.

Consuela Del Rio, drag mother at the Black Rose, 1984. The Black Rose was a rough and tumble drag bar in the gritty Tenderloin. I felt safe because she took me under her wing, and nobody messed with Consuela.

I came across this historical gem, taken back in 1984. It’s Eric Pendigar, leather master and craftsman, alternative music dj, and a breathtaking example of manliness. This was at the first ever Folsom Street Fair.

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I never expected to be around this long. Pure luck. I’m…

I never expected to be around this long. Pure luck. I’m proud to be a contributing photographer on this intense, difinitive documentary of the “AIDS years”.
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Buena Vista Park SF Sunset Joy Walk

imageThe sky was ablaze at sunset a few days ago, and the weather was unusually warm. So I grabbed a Fosters oil can and a doob, and dashed up there on the 37 Corbett bus just in time to catch this lovely pic with my Samsung Galaxy S4.

imageThis is a view towards the East Bay, taken near the top of the park (it’s on a big hill).

imageWhat I found particularly interesting, was that despite the city’s best efforts, there was still heavy cruising, especially after it got dark.

Now, it wasn’t the cruising I remember from the late seventies. Back then it was common to see a dozen or two hot, porn star quality stud muffins not just cruising, but having full on orgies. Clothes hanging on branches, can of Crisco somewhere near and handy. In broad daylight!

No it wasn’t like the good ole daze, but there were about a dozen, middle aged or older, slightly paunchy to downright obese guys out there prowling around like hungry wolves. Not much action, just cruising. I got rejected four or five times, by even the oldest, fattest, ugliest cretin among them. Guess I should head back to Thailand, where there’s a healthy respect for us aged. paunchy. cretins.

But I’m glad to see stuff still goes on.