Chloe Sherman Renegades. San Francisco: The 1990s

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Edited by: Nadine Barth, Katharina Mouratidi Texts by: Lynn Breedlove, Catherine Opie, Anna Joy Springer English 2023, 128 Pages, 90 Ills. Hardcover 288mm x 268mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-5517-7

In the 1990s, queer youth, outcasts and artists, flocked to San Francisco to find one another and to experiment with art, self-expression, style, and gender. Rent was affordable, paving the way for queer bars, clubs, tattoo shops, galleries, cafes, bookstores, and women-owned businesses to emerge. A new wave of feminism embraced gender bending, and butch/femme culture flourished. The Mission District was the center of this queer cultural renaissance, and the feeling of community was palpable. Chloe Sherman was both a member of this community and an ardent visual chronicler. Her documentary photographic work on 35mm film stems from a commitment to capturing the vibrancy, tenderness, individuality, resilience, and joy within this subculture that was derided by mainstream society. Distilling the spirit of the time, her debut monograph is a candid portrait of a vibrant era that connects current and future generations to the pulse of San Francisco at a pivotal chapter in queer history.

CHLOE SHERMAN (*1969, New York City) arrived in San Francisco in 1991 and earned her BFA in Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured in magazines such as Rolling Stone and Interview. Her documentary photography is deeply influenced by her fine arts training.
F³ – Freiraum für Fotografie, Berlin

»Chloe Sherman's new book and Berlin exhibition displays her raw documentary photos of femmes, butches, punks and studs in the city's vibrant Latinx Mission District «

AnOther Magazine

»Shot from the perspective of one thoroughly immersed in the subculture, the photos draw much of their energy from the easy intimacy between photographer and subject. The people featured lean on one another, nestle together, and seem to relate assuredly, both in their bedrooms and out in the lively streets, to Sherman’s lens.«

The New Yorker

»I carried my camera everywhere at the time. Photography was a casual, spontaneous, integrated part of my communication with somebody – it was built into the fabric of my life.«

The Guardian