(1989). Photograph postcard, 4.75 x 6 inches approx. Faint edgewear. Near fine. Near fine. Item #24078
First reproduction of Wojnarowicz's arresting and iconic photograph, issued to advertise his 1989 show, IN THE SHADOW OF FORWARD MOTION, at New York's PPOW Gallery. Taken in the wake of Wojnarowicz's AIDS diagnosis from a diorama at the National Museum of American History, the image captures the irreversible moment in a catastrophic fall: just before the end, when footing is lost and impact is imminent. As writer and fellow photographer has rightly described Wojnarowicz's image: "This is the photographic equivalent of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, an indictment of a sick nation reeling in riches and hubris even as it feasted on the weakest, cast the mentally ill out into the streets, and blamed death on the dying." An image that has lost none of its potency or, sadly, relevence.