From Taylor Dafoe’s article for artnet News:
“Amos Badertscher devoted his life to his photography,” said Brian Paul Clamp, the gallery’s founder, in an email to Artnet News. “He was passionate about telling the story of his years in Baltimore and the people he loved and remembered. Badertscher was also deeply protective of that legacy.”
Born in 1936, Badertscher lived an upper-middle-class life in Baltimore, with a sense of privilege that would later inflect his portraits with a precarious power dynamic. He picked up a camera in the late 1960s, inspired by a faculty member at the prep school where he taught. By 1975, the artist tapped into his inheritance to pursue his craft full time, and began taking pictures of friends and people he met in gay bars.