Top Photo: Kegel Kater and Nancy French in The Thrillpeddlers revival production of the Cockettes' - Pearls Over Shanghai, December 4, 2009, Photo by Daniel Nicoletta. Bottom Photo: Harvey Milk on Castro Street. Photo by Daniel Nicoletta.
Photographer Dan Nicoletta was here in the late 70′s working for Harvey Milk on Castro Street. He was also here during the Punk – New Wave Movement and the AIDs Crisis of the 1980′s. I know because I was also here and I would often see Dan somewhere in the crowd, camera in hand, doing what he was born to do…record, document and archive chapters in history that we never knew were even going to be chapters in history.
The images in his upcoming show “More Glitter—Less Bitter” will highlight significant moments from the past 35 years of Nicoletta’s work, including still photos taken on the set of Gus Van Sant’s Academy Award winning film “MILK,” in which actor Lucas Grabeel portrayed Nicoletta.
Historical side-note: In 1975 Dan was hired by Harvey Milk to work in Milk’s Castro Street camera store. There, at age 19, Nicoletta’s life path as a documentarian for that emerging scene began. Milk was one of the first openly gay elected officials in the world and he became a symbol of courage for the LGBT civil rights movement after he was assassinated in 1978.
Photo of Dan by Amron Yuwono
Artists reception: Friday, June 4, 6 – 8 PM
Electric Works Gallery and Bookstore
130 8th Street
San Francisco, California 94103
5 million stars…I’ll be there!