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Hugo Fernandes, photographer

Conversation with photographer Hugo Fernandes, Oct. 11, 2017 

New York City-based photographer Hugo Fernandes joins Randy Gue, curator of modern, political and historical collections at Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, for a conversation about his “Intimate Strangers” photography series. For 10 years, Fernandes initiated meetings with men through online and app-based cruising sites to set up photo shoots. The resulting portraits explore anonymity, intimacy, sexuality and digital culture. “One of the striking aspects of the series, specifically addressed in the talk, is how shifts in technology, in photography, and in networking applications affected Hugo’s work,” Gue says. “When he started this project in 2006, he posted ads on Craigslist. Much later in the series, he used apps like Grindr and Scruff.” Fernandes’ work is part of the Rose Library’s growing photography collection that explores issues of gender and sexuality, including the collections of Jon Arge, Dianora Niccolini, Len Prince, Billy Howard, and Catherine Kirkpatrick, as well as the library’s LGBT collections.

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