Peter Hujar was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1934. Receiving his first camera at the age of thirteen, he attended the School of Industrial Arts where his interest in becoming a photographer first developed. As a member of the Downtown art scene, he photographed for Harper’s Bazaar and GQ, and portrayed his close friends. Hujar had major exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and Fotomuseum Winterthur, to name but a few. Life and Death (1976) remained the only publication of his work during his lifetime. Hujar died in 1987.