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Racism, homophobia, and images of desire: Depictions of queer black men in 1980s film and photography

CW: Racism, Homophobia, Erotic/Pornographic Photography. This article contains explicit images.

In this article I analyse the work of two artists in the 1980s and consider how queer black men were portrayed in art in the 1980s, with a specific look at how desire is depicted. I am focusing on the film Looking for Langston 1989 by Isaac Julien (born 1960), a black-British filmmaker who identifies as gay, and considering this in relation to Black Book 1986 by white gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989).

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