Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street

NYC Polaroids 1975 – 1983



ISBN: 9788862086462 Category:

Tom Bianchi


In 1975, Tom Bianchi moved to New York City and took a job as in-house counsel at Columbia Pictures. That first year Tom was given a Polaroid SX – 70 camera by Columbia Pictures at a corporate conference. He took that camera to the Pines on summer weekends, those pictures became the book Fire Island Pines, Polaroids 1975 – 1983 published in 2013.

Now, some 44 years later, we finally get a first look at another extraordinary collection of Polaroids by Tom taken in his NYC apartment at 63 East 9th Street. Whereas Fire Island is an expansive communal experience happening on a sunny sand bar outside of the city under huge open skies, Tom’s New York apartment was an intimate track-lit den, a safe stage where he and his friends invited each other to play out their erotic night games. Tom’s New York City Polaroids take us behind the closed door of his apartment, “Back then we were in the early days of a revolution that seemed inevitably headed to a more loving, playful and tolerant way of being. We were innocents”, Bianchi recalls. This is an essential companion book to Fire Island Pines and an important document of urban gay life.

Additional information

Weight 1307 g
Dimensions 26.4 x 22.7 cm
Publisher name Damiani Editore
Publication date 9 September 2019
Number of pages 186
Format Hardback
Dimensions 26.4 x 22.7 cm
Weight 1307 g


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Tom Bianchi was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1970 and became a corporate attorney, eventually working for Columbia Pictures in New York. He made paintings and drawing on weekends which came to the attention of Betty Parsons and Carol Dreyfuss. They gave him his first one-man painting show in 1980. Tom quit his job, tore up his law degree and pasted it into a painting. In 1984, he was given his first solo museum exhibition at the Spoleto Festival. After Bianchi's partner died of AIDS in 1988, he turned his focus to photography, producing Out of the Studio, a vibrant and candid portrayal of gay intimacy. Its success led to producing numerous monographs, including On the Couch, Deep Sex and In Defense of Beauty.