Hard To Imagine
Hard To Imagine by Thomas Waugh
first published 1996, hardcover
Spanning more than a century of photography and film, "Hard to Imagine" is the first visual chronicle of the evolution of gay male image culture, from the canonical works of "art" photography and cinema to the private and often highly explicit productions of amateurs. This comprehensive work explores a vast, eclectic tradition in its totality, analyzing the aesthetics of the visual imagery, its production, circulation, and consumption, and broad social and legal implications.