Harvey Milk Candlelight March


2010 Archival Ink on Cotton Rag Paper framed 27″ x 23″ #5 of 50

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“Randy Shilts’ ‘The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk’ made a huge impact on me as a new arrival to San Francisco in the late 80’s and inspired me to create a portrait of Harvey around that time. (That image became the poster and playbill for a production of The San Francisco Opera). 20 years later, I decided to take that image and update it to more accurately represent what Harvey meant to me; namely, all the lives he touched through his courage and activism. Our current world view on the LGBT community has become so much more open and accepting due in no small part because of the efforts Harvey made at a time when the world view was much more closed and unaccepting. The strips of newspaper which make up the hair were created by bending and photographing the headlines of his day. Among the countless people represented the teeth are made up of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The upper corners of the image are screened back photos of the place Harvey came to call his home, and which became the epicenter of the gay rights movement in the late 70’s, a small section of San Francisco that came to be known as ‘The Castro’.