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352                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.




















































             Before Stonewall, cameras were absolutely forbidden in gay venues because police and
             blackmailers exploited such eyewitness evidence. By 1976, cameras began to come
             out of the closet, thus breaking the kind of self-censorship that had made gay culture
             invisible. Fritscher wrote that “Mapplethorpe and Harvey Milk turned to cameras as
             power-tools of sexual liberation. Cameras gave us a face.” Above: The Slot, April 1976.
             “Johnny Gets His Hair Cut.” In a shot expressing how homomasculine men morphed
             their own self-fashioning identities during a disco era of Zapata and Zappa moustaches
             and permed hair and Afros, Sheldon Kovalski changes the received gay look of John
             E. Keyhole Studio publicity shoot for Drummer. Photograph by Jim Stewart. ©Jim
             Stewart. Used with permission.
          ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 05-05-2017
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