Intimate Strangers is a series of photographs about momentary intimacy between anonymous men. The classic portrait encounter between artist and subject is modified to incorporate the protocol of internet sex hookups. After meeting online, one man arrives at the other’s place, but the usual outcome of anonymous sex is suspended, replaced instead by a shared contemplative act: the photographing of one by the other in an atmosphere of heightened vulnerability. A photographic portrait session occurs, portraying the disrobed subject in a moment that is both foreign and familiar, the photographer and subject brought together by a shared bond: their sexuality, and a desire to explore it through a creative act.

The resulting images eschew the usual tropes of still photography about gay male sexuality; the explicit, frontal, trophy nudity of that genre is replaced by a cinematic and atmospheric approach that uses real locations and low light to create a mood that is nuanced and ambiguous, melancholic yet seductive, tense but intimate.


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Hugo Fernandes (b. 1985) is a New York City-based visual artist. He is known for photographic work exploring intimacy and sexuality. He received his BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Hugo’s photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally including at Leslie Lohman Museum, BAXTER ST@Camera Club of New York, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Museum of New Art, Humble Arts, GLAAD, Aperture Gallery and Galleria San Ludovico. He was the recipient of a Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Award and a School of Visual Arts scholarship. His work is part of permanent collections at the Kinsey Institute, Emory University’s MARBL Library and the Leslie Lohman Museum.

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Jeremy, New York, 2009,, 2009
Work: 16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.8 cm) - Float mounted
Frame: 16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.8 cm)
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Jeremy, New York, 2009,
  • Dimensions
    16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.8 cm) - Float mounted