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Helmut Lang Artist Series – Peter HujarCourtesy of Helmut Lang

An orgasming man fronts Helmut Lang’s latest Artist Series collection

The triptych of images were shot in 1969 by the late New York photographer, Peter Hujar

While Helmut Lang won’t be presenting at the fast-approaching NYFW shows, its off-catwalk projects are still ongoing. Created by previous editor-in-residence and Dazed’s editor-in-chief Isabella Burley, the Artist Series has previously spotlighted photographers like Walter Pfeiffer and Keizo Kitajima. The latest to join the line-up is the late New York image-maker Peter Hujar.

Prominent in the downtown creative scene of the 60s – alongside artist and activist David Wojnarowicz and writer Susan Sontag – Hujar was best known for his black-and-white-style photography, mostly shooting those within his circle.

Like the previous Artist Series collections, some of Hujar’s well-known works – namely the 1969 series “Orgasmic Man I”, “II”, and “III” – are printed on t-shirts and blankets with prints also available. In addition to the collection, Stephen Koch – who the artist left his estate to – has explained the story behind the images in an interview with Dean Mayo Davies, also launching today on Helmut Lang Journal.

Coincidentally, an exhibition dedicated to the photographer is opening tomorrow in New York at the Morgan Library & Museum. Peter Hujar: Speed of Life will feature over 140 of his works charting his entire career.

Read more about Peter Hujar’s career here