feature image: Phyllis Christopher
In the late ’80s, photographer Phyllis Christopher moved to San Francisco, where she documented protests, queer nightlife, and more. She later became a contributor and photo editor at the lesbian erotica publication On Our Backs, where she worked one-on-one with models who shared their own kinks and curiosities in its pages.
Earlier this year, Christopher published a collection of her black-and-white photos from this era called Dark Room. The book also includes writing from Susie Bright, Laura Guy, and Michelle Tea, as well as an interview with Shar Rednour. In June, I interviewed Christopher about her life and creative process, and she has generously offered to share more of her photography with us.
I love these photos. They feel joyous and hot, and they capture an underground dyke culture that was loud, ferocious, and teeming with sexuality.
If you like what you see and want to see even more, purchase Dark Room online from Book Works. And if you’re near San Francisco, you can attend the San Francisco book launch for Dark Room on Sunday, August 21st, from 3pm to 5pm at the Folsom Street Community Center. Phyllis will be joined by Susie Bright, Laura Guy, Shar Rednour, and Michelle Tea. Carol Queen will host.
Wow. These are STUNNING.
These are gorgeous.
Incredible, just ordered a copy, thank you so much for sharing this!
If that “we won’t go back” clothes hanger protest sign doesn’t just say it all… even those haircuts are back. Time is a flat circle.
these are amazing. what a treat to see this at the end of a long day. thanks!!
🔥!🔥! 🔥! Ro! this is extremely hot!
This is amazing! Just ordered my copy of Dark Room :D
These are amazing. Excited for this book!
I went to the book signing today in SF. It was packed with hot dykes from the 90’s and their allies. So much can-do femme energy in the house.
My partner and I went to the book signing today as well! What an incredible event! I felt like I learned so much about our history <3
And thanks to Ro for letting us know about it! I wouldn't have heard about it otherwise.