Vintage gay

Thanks to the note below from the photogapher Anton Parish, we know this photo of Robert Mapplethorpe and Marcus Leatherdale was taken at Studio 54 in 1979. At the time Leatherdale worked for Mapplethorpe as his office manager and as a model for Mapplethorpe before going on to be an accomplished photographer in his own right.

I dedicate this weekly post, featuring vintage gay photographs, to the men and women who lived in a more critical time where being true to yourself and loving who you want wasn’t always an option and came at a great price. Do you have a photo you would like to share? Email me at

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