Wednesday, June 23, 2010

PETER BERLIN/ photographer/ porn star

          Any body remember Peter Berlin, iconic gay porn star from the '70's? If you've ever seen him or pictures of him, you are likely not to forget. But the perhaps little known fact about him is that he was his own photographer. Born in Europe of impoverished aristocrats, and starting his career there, he was responsible for the complete fabrication of his image and persona, from the well known 'Dutch Boy' hair cut to the really tight pants. He especially came into his own when arriving in America. He created and fabricated (i.e. sewed) all the very provocative clothing that he wore, and did his own photo shoots. For images that were not perfect, such as under or over exposed, or rejected for other reasons, he turned them into pieces of art by hand tinting them and creating fantastical scenes.
          He is alive and well, in his 60's, hates getting older, and still living in San Francisco. I watched an interesting documentary on him recently Peter Berlin: That Man. His web site is here.
          And so, for those of you who have forgotten or have never seen him, I give you Peter Berlin.


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