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Hal Fischer

Lawson De Celle Gallery

By approaching Hal Fischer’s photographs from this angle I do not intend to insinuate that his work addresses itself to these problems directly. Not exactly, for his photos are quite humble in their presentation and their effectiveness. What is important is a kind of directness and clarity which signify an analytical way of thinking that can be applied to many different subject matters. Fischer applies structuralist principles to the dissection, in particular, of the homosexual subculture; but a more general, less exotic, subject might have done just as well. This is to say that Fischer never sensationalizes, and the voyeurism which seems to come so naturally to photography is absent.

Fischer’s photographs set up for our inspection an inventory of signs with texts. The texts are more than explanations: they also warn against mistaken generalities often made in “class” analyses. If Fischer’s

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