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Photograph by Peter Berlin: Studio Self Portrait, available at Childs Gallery, Boston

Peter Berlin

German-American (b.1942)

Studio Self Portrait, circa 1970s
Gelatin silver print, vintage

Signed in ink lower right: “Peter Berlin”.  In fine condition. 

Peter Berlin (born Armin Hagen Freiherr von Hoyningen-Huene) is a photographer, artist, filmmaker, clothing designer, model, and Gay icon. Berlin started taking self-portraits of himself in the 1970s, this led him to establish a mail-order business through which he would sell his self-portraits. He sent some of these photographs to Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), who would use the images as a reference in some of his drawings. By modifying his clothes and choosing various props and settings Berlin would photograph himself in ways that created a hyper-sexualized, ultra-masculine image. Developing into a fixture of 1970s gay culture, Berlin became the subject of several photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe, at least one portrait by Andy Warhol, and three drawings by Tom of Finland.

Signature: lower right