24 Hitchhikers (2013)
5min · Short, Music · 23 June 2013
During the 1960s and 70s, a closeted scientist at the Atomic Energy Commission befriended dozens of hitchhikers picked up on his weekly commute along the Pacific Coast Highway between Venice Beach and Santa Barbara. Those men he felt trustworthy were invited to his home and photographed, and their long-concealed nude images provide a glimpse into what occurred during those bygone encounters. Using historic photos curated by ONE: The National Gay and Lesbian Archives, the work is a stream-of-consciousness meditation on longing, transformation, and fleeting intimacies between men at a particular point both in their lives and in American history-when the open road promised a journey of personal re-invention and discovery.
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