A stylistic precursor of Steven Arnold, Pierre et Gilles, and David La Chappell, James Bidgood revolutionized gay male erotic imagery. Bidgood was the first to take the pulp and glamour aesthetic of the 40s and 50s and apply it to male erotic fantasies. Yet, his photographs, which range from camp to surreal, are still scarcely known to the wider public.
From a midtown tenement during the 1960s, photographer James Bidgood completed the bulk of his creative output of photographs using vibrant colors and exaggerated props and costumes to celebrate homosexuality. His works were first published in underground magazines, and he was also the anonymous filmmaker of “Pink Narcissus” (1971), an explosion of colorful eroticism that has stood the test of time.